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2023 Miami Open: Pegula, Fritz lead Americans in singles draws

Arthur Kapetanakis | March 21, 2023

On the heels of Indian Wells in the Southern California desert, the stars of the WTA and ATP have travelled across the United States for another elite-level tournament in South Florida. The 2023 Miami Open begins with women's singles action on Tuesday and men's singles play on Wednesday, with more than 25 Americans competing across both main draws. That number could reach 30, depending on qualifiers.


Third seed Jessica Pegula leads the way for the U.S. in women's singles, and could face 30th seed Danielle Collins or Lauren Davis in an all-American third-round matchup. A semifinalist last year in Miami, Pegula enters the event at a career-high ranking of world No. 3, which she first achieved last October.

If the seeds hold, Pegula would meet doubles partner Coco Gauff in a quarterfinal showdown. After a first-round bye, which is afforded to all seeded players in Miami, the sixth-seeded Gauff will open her campaign against Yulia Putinsteva or Rebecca Marino in the second round. 


With the Hard Rock Stadium tournament site a short drive from her hometown of Delray Beach, the 19-year-old is bidding to back up her quarterfinal run in Indian Wells.


Madison Keys, the No. 19 seed, could face Robin Montgomery in her opening match if the wild card can defeat Ana Bogdan in the first round. In the same section of the draw, Americans Sloane Stephens and Shelby Rogers will square off for the right to face Australian Open champion and Indian Wells finalist Aryna Sabalenka in the second round.

Jessica Pegula. Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images.

In a second all-American opening matchup , Amanda Anisimova and Madison Brengle will square off in the opening round, with the winner to meet 22nd seed Donna Vekic.


Ninth seed Taylor Fritz leads the American charge in the men's singles draw. He is guaranteed to face a compatriot in his opening match: either John Isner or wild card Emilio Nava. Fritz, Isner and Nava are among six Americans in defending champion Carlos Alcaraz's quarter at the top the draw. 


Maxime Cressy could face the Spaniard in the third round, but the 30th-seeded American will first have to defeat Andy Murray or Dusan Lajovic in his opening match. In the same quarter, Tommy Paul will play Marc-Andrea Huesler or Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the second round, with Alcaraz looming as a potential fourth-round opponent for the No. 16 seed.

Taylor Fritz. Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images.

An early marquee matchup could also await Mackenzie McDonald, who will meet Matteo Berretitni in the second round if he beats Daniel Elahi Galan.


In the draw's bottom half, 12th seed Frances Tiafoe will open against a qualifier or lucky loser. Fresh off his best ATP Masters 1000 run in reaching the Indian Wells semis, he is seeded to meet Felix Auger-Aliassime in the fourth round, and could face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinals.


Tiafoe, Fritz and Jenson Brooksby all reached the Miami fourth round in 2022, though Brooksby is unable to compete this year after recent wrist surgery.

Ben Shelton, seeded for first time at an ATP Tour event in his Miami debut, will play Adrian Mannarino or Juncheng Shang after a first-round bye, and could meet eighth seed Hubert Hurkacz in the third round.


In doubles action, Isner and Hurkacz return as a duo as they seek to retain their Miami title. Rajeev Ram teams with Joe Salisbury, with the second seeds drawing a a tough opening assignment against Italians Fabio Fognini and Simone Bonelli. Three all-American teams also dot the draw: Paul and Shelton; Marcos Giron and J.J. Wolf; and Nathaniel Lammons and Jackson Withrow. 


The women's doubles draw has not yet been released.


For more information, including live scores, draws, schedule and tickets, visit the official Miami Open website.

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