World number 23 Qinwen Zheng faces the 15th-ranked Liudmilla Samsonova in the third round of the 2023 WTA Miami Open on Saturday, March 25. Get the predictions and odds of this Qinwen Zheng v Liudmilla Samsonova match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Qinwen Zheng v Liudmilla Samsonova Head to Head
There have been three previous meetings between these two players and Samsonova leads 2-1. Samsonova won their last two matches too, including one earlier this year in Abu Dhabi.
They could have met again in Dubai in 2023 but for an injury to Qinwen which forced her to withdraw from the match.
Zheng Stretched to Three Sets by Begu
Zheng had missed out on the Indian Wells Open because of fitness concerns and while she is seeded here, she did start off gingerly in her second round match against Irina Camelia Begu.
She found her rhythm quickly enough though as Qinwen overcame the loss of the first set to carve out a 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 victory over Zheng.
In a match lasting a tick over two hours, Zheng shrugged off the two breaks of serves she endured in the first set, saving four break-points in the next two. In turn she converted five of the eight opportunities she had to break her opponent.
This win follows her first round loss at the Doha Open and the withdrawal from her second round match at the Dubai Open in February. Currently ranked at a career-best of 23rd, she has already added points to her kitty by making the third round here having lost in the first round last season.
Can she go further though?
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Samsonova Shrugs off Indian Wells Shock
Despite being a 3/10 favourite and winning the first set of her opener at the Indian Wells Open, Samsonova had lost the match to Bernarda Pera in three sets. That would have been a disappointing loss after coming very close to winning it on multiple occasions in the encounter.
She didn’t let it affect her too much though as the world number 15 romped home to a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Viktorija Golubic in one of the shortest completed matches of the month. It lasted a mere 53 minutes.
Samsonova had earlier made the third round in Dubai but her best performance of the season came in Abu Dhabi where she was a finalist. She lost to Belinda Bencic in a hard-fought title-decider.
That said, Samsonova had won three WTA titles last season and hasn’t seen that kind of form again this year. She will hope she can go farther in Miami as she bids to defend all those points from the previous in the second half of the year.
Zheng v Samsonova Prediction and Tip
Samsonova gets our pick to win this but only just. Zheng might have shrugged off her injury woes but she is yet to face an opponent of note and that will give us a better idea about her play. Till such time, Samsonova to win.
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