Tennis: Medvedev, Sabalenka top seeds at ATP and WTA Miami Open

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MIAMI (AFP) – Daniil Medvedev will attempt to reclaim the world No. 1 rating and top seed Aryna Sabalenka chases her first ultimate in 10 months at the ATP and WTA Miami Open.

Men’s play begins on Wednesday (March 23) and girls’s play begins Tuesday within the hard-court event at Hard Rock Stadium, the place highest seeds obtain first-round byes.

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic moved into the top spot of the rankings this week, bumping out reigning US Open champion Medvedev after a three-week keep following his third-round exit at Indian Wells.

The 26-year-old Russian, runner-up at the previous two Australian Opens, would return to the top spot with a semi-final run at Miami.

Medvedev solely reached his first Miami quarter-final final yr, when he misplaced to Roberto Bautista Agut, so a last-four spot would mark a best-ever run in Miami.

And Medvedev has a possible second-round match-up with former world No. 1 Andy Murray, supplied the Briton will get previous Argentina’s Federico Delbonis.

Murray, a 34-year-old Scotsman and three-time Grand Slam champion, received the Miami crown in 2009 and 2013 however misplaced his solely assembly with Medvedev in Brisbane in 2019.

Also in Medvedev’s quarter of the draw is defending champion Hubert Hurkacz of Poland.

Germany’s Alexander Zverev is the second seed with Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas third and Italy’s Matteo Berrettini fourth.

Sabalenka, of Belarus, fell to fifth on this week’s rankings and has not reached a WTA ultimate since final May on Madrid’s clay.

Poland’s Iga Swiatek is the second seed with Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit third and Greece’s Maria Sakkari fourth.

Australia’s top-ranked Ashleigh Barty is just not within the area, however former world No. 1s Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep are within the draw.

Romania’s Halep may face Britain’s 19-year-old Emma Raducanu, the reigning US Open champion, within the third spherical.

Japan’s Osaka may meet Canada’s 19-year-old Leylah Fernandez, final yr’s US Open runner-up who ended Osaka’s title defence final yr at New York, within the third spherical.

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