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BARTY CLAIMS MIAMI OPEN TITLE

Posted By Jedd Zetzer  
04/04/2021
20:22 PM

World No. 1 Ash Barty has claimed the Miami Open title, defeating eighth seed Bianca Andreescu 6-3, 4-0 in the final.

Andreescu was forced to retire midway through the second set with injury. 

After claiming the title, Barty responded to critics who have claimed the WTA ranking system is flawed and that she shouldn’t be the world number one.

"I never have to prove anything to anyone. I know all the work that I do with my team behind the scenes."

"I know there has been a lot of talk about the ranking, but I didn't play at all last year and I didn't improve any of my points whatsoever. Yes, I didn't drop but I didn't improve any. I didn't play any at all. There were girls who had the chance to improve theirs, so I felt like I thoroughly deserve my spot at the top of the rankings.

"The year we had in 2019 was incredible for us, and to be able to build on that now since the restart for us has been great. But certainly in my eyes we come out here and do the best that we can regardless of what anyone is saying. So I never feel like I have to prove anything to anyone."

Around the globe, at the Volvo Car Open in Charleston, Storm Sanders advanced in qualifying with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski.

Fellow Aussie Ellen Perez unfortunately bowed out in the opening round of qualifying, suffering a 2-6, 4-6 defeat to American Alycia Parks.

At the Copa Colsanitas in Bogota, Aussie Arina Rodionova was defeated by Slovenian Dalila Jakupovic 4-6, 6-7(2).

At the Andalucia Open Challenger in Marbella, Aussie Matt Reid won back to back challenger titles on the doubles court, teaming up with Brit Dominic Inglot to defeat Romain Arneodo and Hugo Nys in the final 1-6, 6-3, 10-6.

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