World No.1 Ash Barty joins elite firm with the profitable defence of her Miami Open title.
Miami, USA, 4 April 2021 | Vivienne Christie
World No.1 Ash Barty has lifted her 10th WTA singles trophy after the profitable defence of her Miami Open title.
The Australian defeated Bianca Andreescu 6-3 4-0 after the Canadian withdrew from the ultimate with a proper ankle damage.
Marking the primary time that she has defended a title, Barty is just the sixth lady to defend the celebrated Miami Open crown.
She joins firm in Steffi Graf, Monica Seles, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Venus Williams and Serena Williams.
“They’re real champions of our sport, legends of our sport,” mentioned Barty. “It’s extraordinarily humbling to be talked about in the identical sentence as these champions.”
Whereas acknowledging “I’ve received an extended, lengthy method to go but earlier than I could be in dialogue with these names”, Barty is underlining an authoritative maintain on the high of the rankings.
The primary high seed to win the Miami trophy since Serena Williams in 2015, Barty is just the second lady to win a number of trophies this 12 months (becoming a member of Daria Kasatkina, a winner of the Phillip Island Trophy and St.Petersburg).
Opting to stay in Brisbane after the tour resumption in 2021, Barty claimed the primary match she contested in virtually a 12 months – the Yarra Valley Traditional on the Melbourne Summer time Sequence – in February.
Victory on the Miami Open – Barty’s first occasion exterior Australia for the reason that Qatar Open in February 2020 – required great preventing potential from the outset.
She saved a match level in opposition to Kristina Kucova in her opening match and recorded victories over fellow Grand Slam champions Jelena Ostapenko and Victoria Azarenka.
Additionally a winner over Aryna Sabalenka and Elina Svitolina, three of Barty’s six Miami matches went the complete three-set distance.
Barty asserted herself early in a primary assembly with Andreescu, breaking the Canadian’s serve within the second recreation and consolidating to take a 3-0 lead. Regardless of surrendering one service break of her personal, Barty broke once more within the sixth recreation and went on to safe the set.
After struggling an ankle damage early within the second set, the No.8 seed was compelled to retire within the fourth recreation.
“It’s by no means the way in which you ever need to end a match, significantly in a ultimate. I actually do really feel for Bianca. I feel she’s had such a tough trot with accidents prior to now,” mentioned a sympathetic Barty, who anticipates additional checks from the gifted Canadian.
“I feel that’s going to be one of many first of many battles for us.”
Barty’s consideration now turns to the Volvo Automobile Open in Charleston, the place the highest seed is hoping to keep up momentum from her Miami milestone.
“I felt like with every match I’ve been enjoying higher and higher, which is in the end what we’re after,” mentioned Barty.
“To have the ability to have the title on the finish is a bonus, and to have the ability to defend my title the primary time in my profession I’ve been in a position to try this is actually, actually particular too.”
Aussies in motion – Miami
Girls’s singles, ultimate
 Ash Barty (AUS) d Bianca Andreescu (CAN) 6-3 4-0