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BARTY TO FACE ANDREESCU IN MIAMI FINAL

Posted By Jack Langdon  
02/04/2021
17:00 PM

World No. 1 Ash Barty has advanced to the Miami Open final after a straight sets win over Elina Svitolina.

Barty returned to the Miami final thanks to a 6-3, 6-3 win over the fifth seed.

Despite the humid conditions having an effect on players, Barty has fought through them, showing why she is ranked No. 1.

"The conditions have been different here this week. It has been a lot warmer and physically very demanding," Barty stated.  

Despite Svitolina holding a 5-1 advantage against Barty, the Aussie took charge with strong serving and deep slices. Ultimately the World No. 1 converted on 5/14 break points.

Barty will now take on Canadian Bianca Andreescu after she held her nerve to overcome Greek star Maria Sakkari 7-6 (7), 3-6, 7-6 (4). 

In a tightly contested contest, both players had opportunities to win the match. They both won 67 points on their service game as well as Andreescu serving at 73% on her first serve and Sakkari at 72% respectively.

It was the Candian who was able to break through, with her winning experience showing. 

Andreescu has won a WTA 1000 tournament before in Indian Wells.

On the men’s side, Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz will play his first ATP semi-final after digging deep to defeat Stefanos Tsitsipas 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

 “It is so big [to be in my first Masters 1000 semi-final], especially in front of the crowd here in Miami,” said Hurkacz. “It is a super big win for me, and I can’t wait for the next match.” 

For the sixth straight match, Hurkacz and Tsitsipas needed a deciding set to separate them.

Despite trailing 2-6, 0-2, 15/40, Hurkacz dug deep to turn the match around.

I was trying to keep fighting and that’s what I did,” said Hurkacz. “[I am] super pumped and happy that I was able to turn this match around.”

Hurkacz will face Andrey Rublev in the semi-finals after he notched a 7-5, 7-6 (7) win over local Sebastian Korda.

Rublev is now only two matches away from a maiden ATP Masters 1000 title.

The match was interrupted with rain, with Rublev down 3-5 in both sets.

"If we talk about the second set, I also could win easier, but it happens, this is tennis," Rublev said. "Maybe next match I will lose second set and lose the third. I mean, today I managed to win and I'm happy. Sebastian is a really great player, he's really talented.

Rublev had never passed the quarterfinals of an ATP Masters 1000, but that has now changed, and he has his eyes set on the title.  

In regard to his next match up with Hurkacz - "I know how tough Hurkacz is, for example, he beat me last year," Rublev said. "It's more about that maybe I feel extra pressure, because I'm the one left [from the] Top 10 and looks like I'm high ranking and I feel more pressure.

"But I lost to Hurkacz, I lost to Roberto [Bautista Agut] 6-3, 6-3 just two weeks ago. Jannik [Sinner], who is beating already many players, and I think he [has beaten] Top 10 players.”

“In the end, everyone can win now."

On the men’s doubles side, Brits Dan Evans and Neal Skupskiwill meet Corotations Mate Pavić and Nikola Mektić in the final.

At Challenger level, Aussies Marc Polmans and John-Patrick Smith advanced to the Andalucia Open Challenger semifinals with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Danilo Petrovic and David Pichler.

Aussie Matt Reid was also on the winners list, advancing to the semifinals with partner Dominic Inglot, by claiming a 6-3, 7-6(3) win over Spanish pair Roberto Carballes Baena and Eduard Esteve Lobato.

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