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BARTY INTO THE ROUND OF 16 IN MIAMI

Posted By Jedd Zetzer  
28/03/2021
18:00 PM

World No. 1 Ash Barty has secured her spot in the fourth round of the Miami Open with an 6-3, 6-2 trouncing of Latvian Jelena Ostapenko. 

Barty sent five aces past a fellow French Open champion, to set up a clash with another fellow slam champion - Belarusian Victoria Azarenka. 

Azarenka booked her place in the round of 16 with an impressive 7-5, 6-2 victory over Angelique Kerber. 

The pair are more than familiar which each others games, having played a plethora of doubles tournaments together, which included teaming up together at all four grand slams.

However, they have only met once prior on the singles court, back in 2018 at the Pan Pacific Open, where Azarenka won 6-4, 6-2.

Third seed Simona Halep was forced to withdraw from her match, having endured a a shoulder injury. Therefore, Latvian Anastasija Sevastova advanced to the round of 16.

Petra Kvitova made short work of Johanna Konta, claiming a scintillating 6-1, 6-2 win in just 59 minutes. 

In arguably the upset of the day, wildcard Ana Konjuh, who this week claimed her first tour level win in over three years, defeated reigning Roland Garros champion Iga Swiatek 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.

Other winners on the women's side included Marketa Vondrousova, Aryna Sabalenka and Elina Svitolina.

On the men's side, Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis suffered a nail-biting defeat to the in form Hungarian, Marton Fucsovics 6-7(3), 7-6(4), 4-6 in a match which lasted three hours and 51 minutes. 

Fellow Aussie Jordan Thompson also fell in the second round, dismantled by Canadian Milos Raonic 2-6, 1-6 in just 59 minutes. 

Raonic was incredibly impressive, belting 14 aces past Thompson, and serving at 90% on his first serve, winning 91% of those points. It was a serving masterclass by the 12th seed. 

Australia's No. 1 ranked male - 15th seed Alex de Minaur was eliminated in the second round as well, defeated by Colombian World No. 121 Daniel Elahi Galan 6-4, 3-6, 4-6 in two hours and 35 minutes. A disappointing result for de Minaur. 

28th seed Kei Nishikori had to fight from within to overcome Aljaz Bedene 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-4 in two hours and 51 minutes. 

Italian teen sensation Lorenzo Musetti claimed another impressive victory, defeating 23rd seed Benoit Paire 6-3, 6-3 in what was another lacklustre performance from the Frenchman.

Aslan Karatsev continued his tremendous winning ways, overcoming Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin 6-4, 6-3 claiming his 42nd singles win in his 50th singles match since the restart of the tour after the COVID break. An incredibly impressive winning record. 

American young gun Sebastian Korda claimed his maiden top 20 win, coming from behind to defeat tenth seed Fabio Fognini 1-6, 6-4, 6-2. 

Diego Schwartzman, Andrey Rublev, Denis Shapovalov, Adrian Mannarino, Ugo Humbert, Marin Cilic, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Hubert Hurkacz and Lorenzo Sonego were the other winners on the day in Miami. 

Meanwhile, at the Sharm El Sheikh Futures tournament, Aussie teen Olivia Gadecki's marvellous run came to an end, falling to second seed Yuriko Lily Miyazaki 3-6, 5-7 in the semifinals. 

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