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2013 Sony Open Tennis - TV Schedule & Predictions

posted Mar 9, 2013, 6:28 PM by Simon Nguyen   [ updated Mar 26, 2013, 11:55 AM ]

This page has predictions and TV schedule for 2013 Sony Open Tennis in Miami. This is one of the most prestigious events outside of the four grand slams. The defending champions are Novak Djokovic (men) and Agnieszka Radwanska (women). The 2013 Sony Open Tennis tournament is scheduled for March 18-31 in Miami, Florida.

TV Schedule

*Subject to change

Friday March 22 - Early Rounds
LIVE - Tennis Channel (3 PM ET & 8 PM ET)

Saturday March 23 - Early Rounds
LIVE - Tennis Channel (11 AM ET)

Sunday March 24 - Early Rounds
LIVE - Tennis Channel (11 AM ET)

Monday March 25 - Early Rounds
LIVE - Tennis Channel (11 AM ET)

Tuesday March 26 - Early Rounds
LIVE - Tennis Channel (11 AM ET)

Wednesday March 27 - Later Rounds
ESPN2 (1 PM ET & 11:59 PM ET)

Thursday March 28 - Later Rounds
ESPN2 (1 PM ET & 7 PM ET)

Friday March 29 - Later Rounds
ESPN2 (3 PM ET & 7 PM ET)

Saturday March 30 - Women's Final
LIVE - CBS (12 PM/Noon ET)

Sunday March 31 - Men's Final
LIVE - CBS (11:30 AM ET)

Predictions

1) Women's Winner: Serena Williams. When the world no.1 player is anywhere near her best, she is impossible to beat. Williams' serve is the single most powerful weapon in the history of women's tennis, and few players have to power to match her ground strokes. If not for the injury she suffered in a doubles match Down Under, she would not have lost to Sloans Stephens at the Australian Open and missed out on a chance to add another major title. Well-rested after skipping Indian Wells, Serena will be difficult to beat in Miami, where she has enjoyed success. The American won this tournament 5 times with two other final appearances. Her main rival here is Azarenka, but the Belarusan played in Indian Wells and her fitness will be a factor.

2) Women's Top Favorites: 1. Serena Williams (Unless there is an injury, I don't see anyone who could beat her) | 2. Victoria Azarenka (Hard court is her best surface, fantastic form coming in) | 3. Maria Sharapova (Always a threat to win, but she has not fared well against either Serena or Azarenka) | Dark horse: Svetlana Kuznetsova (Former champion whose game has been surging as of late).

3) Men's Winner: Novak Djokovic. The Serbian is enjoying a run reminiscing his 2011 run. The world's top ranked player has been racking up title after title, punctuated by his Australian Open victory. Djokovic is without a doubt the best hard-court player on the men's circuit. Most importantly, he seems to have established a mental edge over his chief rivals (Federer, Nadal and Murray) - at least on the hard surface. Djokovic has enjoyed success in Miami, winning the last two championships. There is nothing that would suggest the Serbian won't be able to defend his title here.

4) Men's Top Favorites: 1. Novak Djokovic | 2. Andy Murray (He is most dangerous on hard courts, finalist here last year) | 3. Roger Federer (Though his form has dropped, he is still the one with the best shot at beating Djokovic on hard courts) | 4. Tomas Berdych (Possesses a powerful game, but is still waiting for his breakthrough)  | Dark horse: Kei Nishikori (Solid ground strokes and excellent movement, injuries are a problem).


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