The world number 18 Ekaterina Alexandrova will face the 123rd-ranked Taylor Townsend in the second round of the 2023 WTA Miami Open on Friday, March 24. Get the predictions and odds of this Ekaterina Alexandrova v Taylor Townsend match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Ekaterina Alexandrova v Taylor Townsend Head to Head
There has been one previous meeting between these two and it came as recently as the Australian Open this season. Alexandrova had won it from being a set down.
Alexandrova Hasn’t Had a Consistent Run This Year
May be it’s do with fitness concerns or it could be reasons unknown but Alexandrova has looked a pale shadow of the player who had cracked open two titles last season.
The world number 18 has featured in only nine matches at the highest level this year and won a mere four of them. More recently, Alexandrova possesses 1-4 win-loss record having lost to the likes of Magda Linette, Rebeka Masarova and Xinyu Wang in the process.
The last of those names defeated Alexandrova in the second round of the Indian Wells Open two weeks ago, and that result was another indicator of not all been right with the Russian.
Facing up to the 61st-ranked Wang, Alexandrova was sent packing 6-2, 6-3 in the second round, having gotten a first round bye in the tournament.
Can she turn things around here and start winning a few matches in a row? A 123rd-ranked opponent gives her a good chance here.
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Townsend Arrests Bit of a Slide with Bondar Win
Townsend was the favourite coming into her opening round match in Miami against Anna Bondar but not too many would have expected her to dish out the kind of loss she did to her opponent.
The world number 123rd-ranked player, who was 1-5 on win-loss for the season coming into this encounter, needed only an hour and 18 minutes to clinch a 6-4, 6-0 win over Bondar.
Having traded an early exchange of breaks, Townsend grabbed an opportunity she got when Bondar served to stay in the first set at 4-5. From that point onward, Townsend broke Bondar three more times to close out the match, while losing just five points on her own serve in the second set.
She will now face a slightly more challenging opponent but one who has struggled to get going this season.
Can the American put up a brave front?
Alexandrova v Townsend Prediction and Tip
Alexandrova would have ordinarily had no issues here but her recent record makes it difficult to pick her as an overwhelming favourite here. A three-setter can be expected here with the Russian narrowly scraping through.
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