He already has a defined rival. Drawn for the WTA 1000 in Miami, Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska, the N ° 1 in Latin American tennis, met her opponent for her debut, which will be Egyptian Mayar Sherif.
After his two premature defeats on Mexican soil, also on hard courts, Podoroska’s goal is to be able to climb a few rounds in the traditional American tournament. The now No. 48 in the world (she was No. 44 a month ago) will then have to face Sherif, No. 124 in the WTA ranking.
The 24-year-old Rosario, who is playing for the first time in the main draw in Miami, will try to overcome her debut to face Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova, the seeded No. 28, being No. 34 in the world, in the second round. And then, if she continues to advance, it would be the turn of the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, world No. 5, whom she eliminated last year in the Roland Garros quarterfinals.
It should be remembered that after what was the elimination in the first round of the singles in Monterrey, Nadia podoroska he got out of the semifinals of the same contest in the modality of double, due to an injury to Anna Blinkova, her partner.
It is worth noting that it is the first WTA 1000 in history, previously called WTA Premier (Mandatory) and Ashleigh Barty stayed with the last edition, disputed in 2019. In addition, at the last minute the sensitive Serena Williams, owner of 23 Grand Slam singles, leaves local.
The hypothetical quarter-finals (in the order of the table):
Barty vs. Sabalenka
Halep vs. Svitolina
Andreescu vs. Kenin
Pliskova vs. Osaka