David Goffin announced his return to competition in Miami. The world No.9 had previously withdrawn from the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells due an unlikely injury during a match in Rotterdam where the Belgian was hit in the eye by a ball after it ricocheted from his own racket. Playing in Key Biscayne brings great memories to Goffin with the 27-year-old winning 71.43% of the matches played throughout his career on this event. Adding to this, Goffin became the first Belgian to reach the semi-finals at the Miami Open in 2016.
Joao Sousa continues to impress in North-America after a disappointing start to 2018. Known as one of the greatest competitors in the game, the Portuguese No.1 produced one of his best-ever performances to defeat Alexander Zverev at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells last week. Looking now at Sousa's campaign on this event, the 28-year-old reaches this stage of the competition after a 7 - 6 7 - 6 win over Ryan Harrison.
These two players will face each other for the 6th time in their careers with Goffin leading on the h2h by 4 - 1.
As the h2h suggests, Goffin is far from an easy match-up for the Portuguese. Despite Sousa's outstanding results in recent weeks, it won't be easy for the former world No.28 to overcome such a talented player as Goffin. The bookmakers think the same with David as the heavy favourite at 29/100 at William Hill while BetVictor offers 11/4 for Sousa's victory. Due to the low price on the Belgian's moneyline, our advice is for you to place a bet on his -4 Game Handicap at 91/100 as the most valuable play for this contest.
Naomi Osaka continued her stunning run of form with an impressive 6 - 3 6 - 2 win over Serena Williams in the first round of the Miami Open. The 20-year-old is going through the best moment in her career with an outstanding 16 - 4 record so far in 2018. Adding to this, Osaka became the youngest champion at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells since Ana Ivanovic in 2008.
The fourth seed Elina Svitolina hopes to rediscover top form in Miami after a disappointing defeat against Carla Suarez Navarro in Indian Wells. Known as one of the best defenders in the game, the slow court conditions at the Miami Open are perfect for Svitolina's playing style. Despite Elina's poor 58.33% career record on this event, the 23-year-old is one of the main contenders to lift the trophy in Key Biscayne.
This will be the fifth official meeting between these two players with each of them winning two of their previous four official encounters on the WTA Tour.
Despite the balance on the h2h, Svitolina didn't drop a single set on their most recent encounter at the Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships in February. On the other hand, the slow courts at the Miami Open should benefit the Ukrainian on this match-up. Having said that, our suggestion is for you to add Svitolina's moneyline to your tennis betting picks at 22/25 at Pinnacle as the best betting approach for this contest.