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BARTY REACHES MIAMI SEMIS

Posted By Jedd Zetzer  
31/03/2021
19:19 PM

World No. 1 Ash Barty has reached the Miami Open semifinals, with an impressive 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3 victory over seventh seed Aryna Sabalenka. 

Barty served well all day, saving all seven break points she faced. Also a factor in Barty's triumph was her low 22 unforced error count, compared to Sabalenka's 47. 

The Aussie will face fifth seed Elina Svitolina for a spot in the final. Barty has a 1-5 head to head record against the Ukrainian. However, Barty won their most recent meeting at the 2019 WTA Tour Finals. 

On the bottom half of the women's draw, second seed Naomi Osaka will face 23rd seed Maria Sakkari in the quarterfinals. 

In the second quarterfinal on the bottom half of the draw, in form Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo will face eighth seed Bianca Andreescu.

On the men's side in Miami, the quarterfinals have been set. No. 1 seed Daniil Medvedev overcame Frances Tiafoe in straight sets, to set up a clash with Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut. The seventh seed downed John Isner 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(7) in an incredibly tight battle. 

Italian teen sensation Jannik Sinner had little trouble becoming the youngest Italian man to reach an ATP Masters quarter-final, downing Finnish youngster Emiil Ruusuvuori 6-3, 6-2. 

Sinner will come up against 32nd seed Alexander Bublik, after the Kazakh defeated American Taylor Fritz 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4.

On the bottom half of the draw, Sebastian Korda reached his maiden ATP Masters quarter-final, with a 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 victory over fifth seed Diego Schwartzman. Korda is now the last remaining American in the main draw, after Tiafoe, Isner and Fritz crashed out in the round of 16.

Korda will face fourth seed Andrey Rublev, who downed Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-4. 

26th seed Hubert Hurkacz continued his impressive form, claiming a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(4) win over the in form Milos Raonic. Hurkacz will now come up against second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, who overcame 24th seed Lorenzo Sonego 6-2, 7-6(2). 

On the doubles court, Aussie Luke Saville and Austrian partner Oliver Marach fell in the quarterfinals to fourth seeds Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek 6-7(4), 4-6. 

At Challenger level, Harry Bourchier was defeated in the opening round of the Oeiras Open Challenger in Portugal. The Aussie suffered a 5-7, 4-6 defeat to Austrian Lucas Miedler. 

At the Andalucia Open in Marbella, Spain, Aussie duo John-Patrick Smith and Marc Polmans advanced to the second round of doubles with a 6-4, 7-6(2) win over French pair Sadio Doumbia and Fabien Reboul. 

Also advancing on the doubles court in Marbella was Matt Reid. Teaming up with Britain's Dominic Inglot to be the No. 1 seeds, the pair defeated Poland's Karol Drzewiecki and Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic 7-6(3), 6-3. 

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