Barty progresses to Miami Open semifinals

World No.1 Ash Barty continues her profitable run in Miami, overcoming seventh seed Aryna Sabalenka in a three-set quarterfinal.

Miami, USA , 31 March 2021 | Leigh Rogers

Ash Barty is thru to the semifinals on the Miami Open.

The highest seed recorded a 6-4 6-7(5) 6-3 victory towards world No.8 Aryna Sabalenka within the quarterfinals at this time.

It’s Barty’s first top-10 victory since defeating Petra Kvitova within the Australian Open 2020 quarterfinals.

Barty didn’t lose serve within the match, saving all seven break factors she confronted. Just like yesterday’s fourth-round win towards former world No.1 Victoria Azarenka, Barty additionally completed the match strongly. She claimed the ultimate 12 factors to safe a hard-fought victory.

“It was a superb match at this time, definitely the very best degree I’ve performed in a very long time,” Barty stated. “Aryna actually made me convey out my greatest.”

Barty hit 28 winners within the two-hour and 16-minute battle to report a tenth successive win in Miami. It  propels the 2019 champion into the semifinals, the place she is going to face fifth seed Elina Svitolina.

Svitolina boasts a 5-1 profitable report towards Barty, nevertheless the Australian received their most up-to-date assembly within the championship match on the WTA Finals in 2019.

Right this moment’s victory additionally boosts Barty’s possibilities of retaining her world No.1 rating. The 24-year-old Australian is assured to stay as world No.1 if she progresses to the ultimate. If she loses within the semifinals, Naomi Osaka must win the Miami title to overhaul her atop of the WTA Tour rankings.

In males’s doubles motion, Australian Open champions Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek scored a quarterfinal win towards Australia’s Luke Saville and his Austrian accomplice Oliver Marach.

Saville’s exit means Barty is the final remaining Aussie throughout all Miami attracts.

Aussies in motion – Miami

Girls’s singles, quarterfinals
[1] Ash Barty (AUS) d [7] Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) 6-4 6-7(5) 6-3

Males’s doubles, quarterfinals
[4] Ivan Dodig (CRO)/Filip Polasek (SVK) d Luke Saville (AUS)/Oliver Marach (AUT) 7-6(4) 6-4

Girls’s singles, semifinals
[1] Ash Barty (AUS) 
v [5] Elina Svitolina (UKR)

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