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All eyes on Serena Williams to defend her title!

March 25, 2015 12:23 PM
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Defending champion, Serena Williams will take on Monica Niculescu in the second round. Williams’ unexpected knee injury that forced to her pull out before her semi-final against Simona Halep will be an important factor governing her progress at Crandon Park. In the third round, she will take on the winner between wild-card teenager, Cici Bellis and 29th seed Zarina Diyas. Either 13th seed Angelique Kerber or 24th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova will be the world no. 1’s fourth round opponent.

11th seed Sara Errani could take on 21st Garbine Muguruza in the third round, followed by a possible fourth round against either 24th seed Sabine Lisicki or fifth seed Ana Ivanovic. Third seed Halep stands to meet 30th seed Camila Giorgi in the third round, before possibly setting a repeat of her Indian Wells finals against Jelena Jankovic in the fourth round. Jankovic, seeded 20th, has been drawn to meet former world no. 1 and two-time Australian Open champion, Victoria Azarenka in the second round. The winner between these two players will potentially take on 15th seed Flavia Pennetta in the third round.

Lucie Safarova, seeded 10th, will take on Johanna Larsson in the second round. There’s a possibility of two Americans taking on each other in the second round, with 17th seed Madison Keys drawn to play Sloane Stephens. Keys hasn’t been able to continue with her highs after her Australian Open breakthrough as has Stephens been struggling. However, it will be Keys who will have the upper hand in this potential encounter, making her a favourite to go through. Sixth seed Eugenie Bouchard stands to play 32nd seed Casey Dellacqua in the third round.

Source: tennisworldusa.org

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