Aurélie SACCHELLI, posted on Tuesday 30 March 2021 9:32 am
Australian Ashley Party qualified for the quarter-finals of the WTA Miami Championship at the expense of the Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, as did the Ukrainian Elena Svitolina against the Czech Petra Kvitova. The same applies to Naomi Osaka, Arina Sabalenka and Bianca Andreescu, who dominated Garbin Muguruza.
Ashley Barty must have been busy. The world number one Australian ranked No. 1 qualified for the quarter-finals of the WTA 1000 tournament in Miami, USA, and the Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, the world’s fifteenth player and number 14, was eliminated in three groups (6-1, 1-6, 6- 6). 2) and 1 54 hours of play, but in the first set it was the Belarusian player who got the first breakout point. After a 1-1 draw, Victoria Azarenka then lost the last five matches of that round, despite two break points as her opponent took advantage of the group win (6-1). In the second round, this time it was the defending Australian, who had lost her potential in service. After taking a break twice at the start, and despite breaking three points at 0-2, Ashley Barty quickly found herself behind 0-5. If she then manages to put an end to that bleeding by finally winning her service, she will not be able to prevent her opponent from locking in (1-6). Finally, in the third and final round, the best female player in the world broke 1st place, while not smashing with a move and then drawing, despite having two new break points in her favor. Far from separating, the world number one provided a push to win the last four matches of this round and this group (6-2), thus granting the right to play the quarter-finals.
Sabalenka went for a walk
The quarter-finals that will see her face are Arena Sabalenka. The Belarusian, the world’s eighth player and the No. 7 seed, easily eliminated the world’s 20th player, World No. 19, Marquita Fondrosova, in the round of 16 of the WTA 1000 in Miami, USA. , In two groups (6-1, 6-2) and 1h09 of play. In the first set, the Czech lost her first serve, despite saving four break points as well. Then driving at 0-5 speed, Marketa Vondrousova managed to save the honor, before giving up this first set on the opponent’s second ball (1-6). In the second and final round, he broke World No. 20 again, with a 1-1 draw, not without having saved a ball and failing three times not to break his move. With this advantage in her pocket, the Belarusian player increased the pressure on her opponent, ending with a double break with a score of 2-4, ending with a step on the second match point (2-6).
Osaka did not shake
Naomi Osaka didn’t have to strain her talent. The Japanese, the second player in the world and ranked No. 2, quietly eliminated Belgian Elise Mertens, the seventeenth player in the world and the number 16, in the round of 16 of the WTA 1000 in Miami, USA, in two rounds (6-3, 6-3) and 1 h 24. In the first round, it was the Belgian who cracked, white, right from the start. At 1-4, Elise Mertens, despite this first time being rescued, again abdicated his service, before taking one, white, for his opponent. In the process, the Japanese believe they can finish this round on serving their opponent, but despite four chances, she was unable to turn one. In serving herself, Naomi Osaka had to save a great ball, at first, before finally winning the first set, on her third attempt (6-3).. In the second and final round, the world No. 17 was the first to score a break point, before giving up on serving in the aftermath, despite having blocked the first three balls. Despite a break in his wake, he ended up ranked # 16 altogether, then had his last four matches from that group and this one (6-3).
Svetolina does not pass far from the correctional facility
Elena Svitolina had to count on her reserves. The Ukrainian, the fifth player in the world and the No. 5 seed, qualified for the quarter-finals of the WTA 1000 tournament in Miami, United States, ahead of the Czech Petra Kvitova, ranked 10 in the world and ranked No. 9., in three groups (2-6, 7-5 , 7-5), 2 hours, 25. However, the Ukrainian escapes with this first round. Despite two break points in her favor at 1-1, Elena Svitolina broke first at 1-2, then 2-5, despite the first two balls (2-6) being blocked. In the second set, the two players tied in the match in the first ten matches. At that time, the Czechs ended up, despite having saved the ball for the first time, before being equalized, by one step, in one round everywhere (7-5). In the third and final round, the two players were less accurate about serving. The double division to break to lead 0-3, Petra Kvitova followed, with a step, delaying him, to pass in front (4-3). From 4-4 to 5-6, the two players lost their serve again. In this mini game it is the best ranked of the two which still has the advantage of resting in the pocket. An advantage that allowed him to win this meeting, in the aftermath, on his second chance (7-5). In the quarter-finals, you will face Elena Svitolina Anastasia Sevastova.
Andreescu is back in good condition
Absent throughout the 2020 season due to a knee injury and losing the last Australian Open, Bianca Andreescu is back in strength! The Canadian, the ninth player in the world, will play the quarter-finals in Miami, after winning 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 at 2:12 in front of Garbeen Muguruza. Which, of course, has had a series of big games this year (we especially remember that match against Osaka in Melbourne). Andreescu, who lost the first set by breaking him 4-3, recovered completely, quickly leading 4-1 in the second set, then again breaking Muguruza, who fell 3-4. In the third set, the former US Open champion was top, breaking 0-0 and 2–0 to win. She faces another Spaniard, Sarah Sorribes Turmo, who defeated No. 27 seed Anas Jaber in three groups: 6-4, 0-6 and 6-1 in a match marked by ten breaks. Finally, Maria Scari (25) ended Jessica Bigola’s path (33) with a 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 victory in 2 hours 39. The Greek player came close to elimination, as he had to save six points from the match in the third set, 5 -4, then in the tiebreak 6-5.
MIAMI (US, WTA 1000, external solid, € 2,730,000)
Defending Champions (2019): Ashley Party (Australia)
Party (Australia, # 1) Pat Azarenka (BIE, No. 14): 6-1, 1-6, 6-2
Sabalenka (BIE, No. 7) Pat Fondrosova (RTC, No. 19): 6–1, 6–2
Sevastova (LET) Horse Bath (CRO, WC): 6-1, 7-5
Svetolina (UK, No. 5) Pat Kvitova (RTC, No. 9): 2-6, 7-5, 7-5
Andreescu (Canada, No. 8) Pat Muguruza (ESP, No. 12): 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
Sorribes Tormo (Spain) Pat Jaber (TUN, No. 27): 6-4, 0-6, 6-1
Scary (GRE, No. 23) Pat Bigula (USA, No. 29): 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (6)
Osaka (Japan, No. 2) Pat Mertens (Bell, No. 16): 6-3, 6-3