TennisSection previews the 2023 Miami Open first-round match featuring Anna Blinkova vs Jule Niemeier on Wednesday, March 22, 2023.
Anna Blinkova vs Jule Niemeier Match Preview
Both Anna Blinkova and Jule Niemeier have negative win-loss records on the WTA Tour this year. So this Miami Open first-round match could give one of them a new lease of life. Who will prevail?
Anna Blinkova is 6-7 for the season although her performances have been slightly more impressive than Jule Niemeier’s. The Russian has been to a WTA semifinal in Hobart in January and briefly threatened to upset Madison Keys in the first round of the Australian Open. She took a set off the American before losing in three. Blinkova has since won a couple of matches on North American soil but did not scale the second round in both Austin and Indian Wells.
Jule Niemeier, meanwhile, has been a huge disappointment. If you watched the big-hitting German at the start of the season, and particularly at the Australian Open, you’d bet your money she was going to achieve a lot this season. Of course, there is still time and we are only three months into 2023, but she has regressed badly since that opening-round defeat to Iga Swiatek in Melbourne. It’s not just the results that are bad, but performances have also been very poor. Let’s see if she can rediscover that winning touch at the Miami Open against Anna Blinkova.
Anna Blinkova vs Jule Niemeier Prediction and Pick
Anna Blinkova and Jule Niemeier have not played each other on the WTA Tour. Tuesday’s match at the Miami Open will be their first official meeting. Niemeier has scored a paltry two wins this season, hardly even staying consistent in winning points. Blinkova ‘s self-belief might hold up nicely in this one. The Russian looks assured from the baseline, and hits incredibly big too and we think she could give the German plenty of problems in rallies.
Free Tennis Prediction and Pick: Anna Blinkova ML
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