Ash Barty’s title defence at the Miami Open has rolled on, with the World No. 1 booking her place in the Miami Open quarterfinals.
Barty advanced to the quarters with a 6-1, 1-6, 6-2 victory over fellow Miami Open champion Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.
The Aussie has now won 17 of her past 20 three-set matches.
"It's just about staying in the fight," Barty said. "It's about not relenting, not giving up regardless of whether you lose a set or you get a break, whatever it might be.”
Barty converted on 5/12 break points, but only won 44% of points on her second serve – something she will need to improve on if she wants to reclaim the title.
"I think it's just about trying to hang around and I've worked my backside off the court to make sure that I feel like I'm good physical condition to play tennis."
Despite a shaky start to her international travel, Barty says she is now feeling good and ready to compete - “When leaving Australia, it was quite hard to leave and quite emotional to me. But I think we’re excited to have the opportunity to play the whole season,” she said.
Barty will now face seventh seed Aryna Sabalenka, who claimed a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Marketa Vondrousova.
Fifth seed Elina Svitolina needed nearly two and a half hours to oust Petra Kvitova, winning 2-6, 7-5, 7-5 to advance to the final eight.
"It was not easy conditions," said Svitolina, who has already matched her best Miami finish by making the quarters. "I was trying to fight, trying to find a way, one extra ball over the net."
Svitolina will play Anastasija Sevastova who claimed a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Ana Konjuh.
Meanwhile, Naomi Osaka reached her first Miami Open quarterfinal following a straight sets win over Elise Mertens.
Osaka's tour winning streak now stands at 23.
Osaka will now play Maria Sakkari who had a 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(6) win over Jessica Pegula.
The fourth quarterfinal match up will be between Bianca Andreescu and and the red hot Sara Sorribes Tormo after they both won in three sets.
In the men’s round of 32, Aslan Karatsev looked bizarrely out of form, going down 6-3, 6-0 to Sebastian Korda.
Korda will now face fifth seed Diego Schwartzman, who defeated Adrian Mannarino 6-1, 6-4.
Stefanos Tsitsipas has halted Kei Nishikori’s tour comeback, claiming a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 victory over the Japanese star.
Tsitipas is in the fourth round of Miami and will now face Lorenzo Sonego for a spot in the quarterfinals.
Andrey Rublev showed us why he is one of the world’s best after defeating the in-form Marton Fucsovics 6-1, 6-2 in just 52 minutes.
"We always have really tough matches," Rublev said. "I think it was all the details. I was playing really well.”
It was mixed results for the Candians with Milos Raonic ousting Ugo Humbert 6-4, 7-5, but Denis Shapovalov going down to Hubert Hurkacz 6-3, 7-6 (6). Raonic will face Hubert in the round of 16.
Marin Čilić and Lorenzo Sonego were the other winners of the day.
On the doubles side of things, Storm Sanders and partner Anna-Lena Friedsam went down 6-2, 6-4 to Gabriela Dabrowski and Giuliana Olmos.
At the ATP Challenger in Marbella, Spain, Aussie Marc Polmans went down 6-3, 6-1 to Roberto Marcora in the opening round.
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