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Naomi Osaka vs. Maria Sakkari To Headline Miami Open Quarterfinals

The unbeatable Naomi Osaka will be headlining the Miami Open quarterfinal slate. She will be against fellow famous tennis player Maria Sakkari. 

If you’ve been in the tennis scene long enough, you’ll know what a legend Osaka is. She has won 23 consecutive matches and has an amazing 9-0 since the start of the Australian Open. When it comes to being a gold-standard, she never disappoints. 

However, she is also up against one of the leading contenders for the event, Maria Sakkari. It seems like multiple sportsbooks will be quite busy when their match comes up.

Naomi Osaka vs. Maria Sakkari

Japanese tennis player Maria Osaka extended her winning streak to a 23rd match, which moved her into the Miami Open quarter-finals for the first time. Osaka remains unbeaten. She is known for claiming the US Open and Australian Open titles. She has also won in straight sets 6-3 6-3 against Belgium’s tennis player Elise Mertens.

However, her opponent Sakarri is no easy player either. Maria Sakkari saved six match points in her last match against Jessica Pegula. She won a 6-4 2-6 7-6 (8-6) victory after converting her first match point. Additionally, her performance for this season was incredible. Although she still failed to reach a final in 2021, she’s beaten quite a few skilled tennis players. You have Sofia Kenin, Madison Keys, Garbiñe Muguruza and Angelique Kerber. There are only some players who can match her shot-for-shot intensity and power. 

The match against Naomi Osaka and Maria Sakarri will surely be one memorable event. Osaka owns a 3-1 head-to-head advantage over Sakkari, but she often needs three sets to finish the job. Moreover, Sakkari’s ability to rip the ball off the court can cause problems for Osaka.

Other Tennis Players Advancing in Their Matches

Aside from Osaka, Australian world number one Ashleigh Barty will also be advancing to the Miami Open quarterfinal slate. She beat Victoria Azarenka of Belarus. She won 6-1 1-6 6-2 against the 2020 US Open finalist. This will be the first time Barty will be playing an overseas tournament in more than a year because of the pandemic. 

You also have Bianca Andreescu, Canada’s 2019 US Open champion, who beat Garbiñe Muguruza in a 3-6 6-3 6-2 win. The 20-year-old Andreescu is only playing her third tournament since 2010 September. This is due to her injury struggles. She will now be facing Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain for a place in the semifinals.

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8 Tennis Players that Could be Serena Williams’ Heir

With 23 titles under her belt, Serena Williams is hailed as one of the best woman tennis players, if not the best.

Who can ever replace Williams’ place and take over the throne? So okay, she was displaced several times as world’s No. 1. But the article is talking about her legacy of winning.

At the recently concluded US Open Finals, Bianca Andreescu won her maiden Grand Slam title with 6-3, 7-5. Other than that, she has a fantastic record this year so far at 45-4, beating the top 10 players including Williams.

But Andreescu, the 2019 US Open Finals champion, is not the only one.

Here are the list of other players who could be Williams heir apparent

Belinda Bencic

Bencic broke through the tennis scene in 2012. Her biggest triumph yet was at the Rogers Cup where she beat Caroline Wozniacki, Eugenie Bouchard, Sabine Lisicki, Ana Ivanovic, and Williams herself. She also has a career-high No. 7 ranking.

Simona Halep

Halep is one of the most consistent tennis players, ranking as the world’s No. 1 twice (2017 and 2019). In 2019, she bested Williams at the Wimbledon finals with her offensive, aggressive play. She has another Grand Slam title, the French Open (2018). She is often compared with Justine Henin, who praised the Romanian superstar’s intelligent game.

Naomi Osaka

Osaka was the other half of the infamous 2018 US Open finals, defeating Williams and receiving her trophy amidst the booing crowd. She has also won the 2019 Australian Open, giving her second Grand Slam title. Osaka is known for her aggressive playstyle combined with a powerful serve. She is also one of the most marketable athletes worldwide, ranking second behind Williams,

Ashleigh Barty

Barty won the 2019 French Open for singles. She also played the doubles in the 2018 US Open and won the title. Other than that, she has a career record of 220-83 which means, like Williams, she has the highest winning potential among all the players on the list. 

Elina Svitolina

Svitolina reached the highest ranking of No. 3 in 2015, while her current ranking is No. 5 (August 2019). She has never won a single Grand Slam title, but she the Tour Finals 2018 winner.  

Petra Kvitova

Kvitova has won the Wimbledon trophy twice, against Maria Sharapova in 2011 and Bouchard in 2014. She also appeared in the finals of the Australian Open in 2019. Kvitova currently ranks 6th in all-time rankings.

Madison Keys

Keys won her first WTA singles title in 2014. She consistently appears in the semifinals, quarterfinals and finals of Grand Slam match. She reached a career-high of No. 7 ranking, appearing in the top 25 since 2015.

Sloane Stephens

Stephens reached and beat Williams at the 2013 Australian Open when she was just a teenager. At the 2017 US Open championship, she went against Keys for an all-American match. She also has a Grand Slam title to boast of, the 2017 US Open. Stephens is slowly gaining her momentum, appearing in the Tour Finals in 2018.

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Tennis Rising Stars 2019: Watch Out for These 10 Names

Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Williams.

Such names are the Hall of Famers—legendary. They dominate the tennis world ‘til today. But they would eventually fade from prominence. Boris Becker even called out the young tennis players to rise up.

Assuming the mantle may not be easy but these tennis players have all the rights to be the next big stars. 

These names can make the spectators rave with excitement. And they have already started carving out their names on clay, grass, and hard surfaces.

The tennis rising stars of 2019

1) Alexander Zverev

Also called Sascha, the 21-year-old German has already defeated not just Djokovic, but also Federer. He won the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) World Tour Finals in London. He reached Grand Slam quarterfinals once as well.

2) Aryna Sabalenka

The 20-year-old Belarusian started at No. 73 and ended the year at No. 13. The match of the US Open 2018 was given to her, winning against Naomi Osaka in just three sets. She had also won the Wuhan title, weeks after playing at the Open.

3) Amanda Anisimova

Anisimova was already included in the Top 100 even before she hits her 18th birthday this August. The American player had already won the French Open (juniors division) and Orange Bowl titles in 2018.

4) Stefanos Tsitsipas

The Greek player is the 2018 Next Gen ATP Finals men’s singles champion. He had already reached three ATP singles finals only to be defeated by Nadal in two of these. He was one of the strongest contenders of 2019 ATP World Tour.

5) Dominic Thiem

Thiem is one of the prominent names in the ATP World Tour. He reached the French Open final against Rafael Nadal. He has also reached the ATP Finals in London for three straight years.

6) Denis Shapovalov

Shapovalov is a Canadian tennis player who had already hit records in 2018. The 2018 ATP World Tour ranked him at 23. He won the junior grand slam title at the 2016 Wimbledon and the junior doubles title at the 2017 US Open. 

7) Alex de Minaur

De Minaur reached the 2018 Next Gen ATP Finals, leading him to be ranked at No. 31. He had already appeared in the third round of the grand slam singles events. 

8) Nick Kyrgios 

Kyrgios is another Australian on the list, aside from de Minaur. He had already won four ATP singles titles, three of which were from 2016. Krygios had reached the quarterfinals in two grand slam singles events. One of these grand slams was the 2015 Australian Open. 

9) Maria Sakkari

Sakkari was ranked at No. 29 by the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association). In 2018, she reached the semi-finals in Istanbul. But in 2019, Sakkari won the Morrocan Open against Johanna Konta. She had also defeated the top players, Kiki Bertens and Petra Kvitova, in 2019.

10) Bianca Andreescu

Andreescu, who is also a Canadian, is currently ranked 22 by the WTA. Andreescu has already defeated Venus Williams. She also won the 2019 Indian Wells Masters. Martina Navratilova believes she has the potential towards becoming the next tennis superstar.

 

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