Reigning Roland Garros ruler Simona Halep and 2018 Miami champion Sloane Stephens are amongst a plethora of names at the top of the WTA rankings who will be eager to sizzle on the Sunshine Swing. This duo might not be in top gear, but they will have had plenty of time to prepare away from the match court to hit the US with full vigour.
Azarenka an outside shout
“I’m happy with the direction that I’m going,” said Victoria Azarenka, who has taken home the Indian Wells title twice, together with a trio of Miami crowns.
The world No.50 evidently relishes the sweltering conditions on the Sunshine Swing, whilst finding form in Acapulco by dismantling second seed Danielle Collins 6-1 6-2 in the opening round.
With matches notched up in Mexico, the usual suspects will be wary of a soaring Azarenka.
Dubai finalists ready to duel
A first WTA trophy since 2015 – Belinda Bencic is officially back.
The amicable Swiss claimed four Top 10 wins to lift the giant trophy in Dubai. Six match points were saved against Aryna Sabalenka, she came back from a set deficit facing Halep and halted Elina Svitolina’s reign. This was all before navigating past Petra Kvitova in an absorbing final.
Swinging freely and rattling through results, why can’t this continue?
Never count out Serena
Yes, this is a pretty predictable inclusion, but you cannot discount an eight-time Miami Open champion. 20 years on from her first ever WTA title in Paris, Serena Williams is still an almighty threat to the top honours.