ATP winners Isner/Hurkacz and WTA victors Siegemund/Zvonareva Partner Again
by Daniel Perisse
Miami Gardens, FL (March 22, 2023) – The Miami Open presented by Itaú last year’s doubles winners John Isner/Hubert Hurkacz and Laura Siegemund/Vera Zvonareva will be teaming up again in 2023 at the Hard Rock Stadium aiming for back-to-back titles. First-round play for each of the 32-pair draws start tomorrow, March 23.
Miami Open singles champions in 2018 and 2021, respectively, Isner and Hurkacz teamed up in the Magic City for the first time last year and defeated three Grand Slam title-winning doubles (Krawietz/Mies, Ram/Salisbury, Kokkinakis/Kyrgios) on the way to the final against Wesley Koolhof/Neal Skupski, who had won three titles in four finals that season.
In 2023, they play together again in Miami for the first time this season and hope to have the same outcome. Isner and Hurkacz’s first rivals will be the Arlington, Texas native Nathaniel Lammons and Jackson Withrow, from Omaha, Neb., who won in San Diego last year.
The No. 1 seeds again are Koolhof and Skupski, currently the best team on the tour. Three-time Grand Slam winners Ram/Salisbury are seeded No.2, and the No. 3 seeds are Croatians Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic, 2021 Wimbledon champions and Tokyo 2020 gold medalists. 2022 French Open champions Marcelo Arevalo, from El Salvador, and Jean-Julien Rojer, from the Netherlands, are stationed at No. 4.
The Women’s doubles draw had an unexpected withdrawal: World No.1 duo of Czechs Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova pulled out due to a right wrist injury from Siniakova. This leaves the battle for the title wide open, and here is where Siegemund and Zvonareva stand a chance.
The 35-year-old German and the 38-year-old Russian play against American duo Sloane Stpehens/Makeena Jones in the first round.
They teamed up for the first time for the 2020 US Open and had immediate success, winning that Grand Slam title. After a 2021 with no trophies, in 2022 they had won Lyon before the triumph at the Hard Rock Stadium.
Siegemund and Zvonareva have 22 WTA doubles titles combined – ten and 12, respectively. The German comes from losing the Indian Wells title to Krejcikova/Siniakova, partnering Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia.
No. 2 seeds of the women’s draw are Jessica Pegula and Coco Gauff, the two best Americans in the WTA Singles and Doubles ranking. Pegula is World No. 3 in singles and Gauff is No. 6, and in doubles Coco appears in third place, and Jessica is No.5.
You can find both draws here, and the daily order of play here.