16-year-old Amanda Anisimova caught the attention of the tennis world at Indian Wells, reaching the fourth round after beating two Top 25 players, and she made a winning start in Miami as well, defeating Qiang Wang 6-3 1-6 6-2 in an hour and 38 minutes. Amanda hit six double faults and no aces but she was still solid in her games, saving five out of seven break points she faced to keep the pressure on the Chinese in sets one and three.
Wang had to work much harder in her games in order to stay on the right side of the scoreboard, having to play against 12 break points and getting broken three times in sets she lost to hit the exit door after the opening round.
The match could have been a disaster for the young American, twisting her ankle in the last point of the fourth game in set number three but luckily it wasn't that serious and she managed to close the match and set the second round clash with Garbine Muguruza.
Wang wasted two break points in the opening game of the match and it was all about Anisimova in the rest of the set, creating eight break points and converting one in game six after a forehand winner for a 4-2 lead. Another forehand winner sent Amanda over the finish line in game nine, looking for more of the same in set number two.
Instead of that, Qiang raised her level and she broke the youngster in games four and six to rattle off the last five games of the set for a 6-1, gathering the momentum before the decider. Amanda was back on track after a break in game two thanks to another forehand winner and despite some difficulties in her movement after that injury she managed to bring the match home with another break in game eight, ripping a backhand return winner to close the match and book the place in the second round.
In the battle of the teenagers with a wild card (2017 Roland Garros and Wimbledon junior champions), Claire Liu took down the 15-year-old Whitney Osuigwe 6-3 6-1 in an hour and 27 minutes for her first win on the WTA level. Liu hit 10 double faults but she saved six out of seven break points to reduce the damage in her games and keep the pressure on Osuigwe.
On the other hand, Whitney struggled in almost every service game, facing 13 break points and losing serve five times to finish the match on the losing side. Liu opened the match with a break and she held her serve with ease for a 3-1 lead, creating two more break points in game five.
Osuigwe fends them off and that gave her the momentum, as she broke back in game six for a 3-3. Her efforts were in vain though, dropping serve in games seven and nine to lose the opener 6-3. Liu saved two break points at the start of the second set and she never looked back, breaking Whitney in games two and four and closing the match with a hold at 15 in the seventh game to reach the second round.