The 19-game winning run of Sharapova was cut short, Nadal’s bid for another Pacific Life Open title was demolished and Federer’s losing streak for 2008 was extended by Mardy Fish. These are just some of the sub-plots that have been underscored at the recently concluded Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells. These are may favorites and they lost. I’m over it and now looking forward to Miami for the Sony Ericsson Open.
After skipping the Pacific Life Open, Justine Henin is set to compete again as the number 1 seed and she will have a first-round bye. Serena and Venus Williams entered the competition, together with Davenport, Jelena Jankovic and Amelie Mauresmo. My fave Sharapova did not enter and cited an injured shoulder (again?). Serena is the defending champion here.
The men’s side on the other hand will feature Federer, Roddick, Davydenko, Nadal, Blake and the Pacific Life Open Champion, Novak Djokovic. Federer will need to reassure his fans now that everything is still in order.
The said event will be played March 26-April 6 at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park in Miami. Though Sony Ericsson is the leading sponsor of the said event, a number of well-known brands act as sponsors as well. Mercedes-Benz is one of the well-known sponsors of the event. Perhaps this is Mercedes’ last year of sponsorship for the Sony Ericsson Open since I read last time that the brand is intent on diversifying its sponsorship to exclude tennis and to include other sports such as golf. If I remember it correctly Mercedes-Benz will only finish the 2008 season before wrapping things up with tennis.
Since Sharapova will not be competing, I’d rather stick with Justine Henin to win the title and on the men’s side, as much as I like Rafa, his chances is slim. Federer will finally win his title, and I will be happy to see Rafa in the semis.