Ash Barty storms into final of Miami open

Fri 02 Apr 2021, 12:41:25
Defending champion Ash Barty comfortably beat Elina Svitolina in the Miami Open semis to seal her return to the final. Miami Open Tennis tournament.
The Australian world No.1 had been 1-5 previously against Svitolina but took charge with two early breaks and used her strong serve and deep slices to keep the Ukrainian on the defensive. She went on to beat the No.5 seed 6-3, 6-3.
On Saturday, Barty will play the winner of the second semi between No.8 Bianca Andreescu and No.23 Maria Sakkari.
On the men’s side, Hubert Hurkacz of Poland earned his first semi-final berth in a top-level ATP event by rallying past No. 2-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Hurkacz, seeded 26th, has won three in a row when facing a top-five opponent, and beat Tsitsipas for only the second time in their eight meetings.

Hurkacz’s upset win further scrambled the men’s draw. Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer skipped the tournament, and No.1-seeded Daniil Medvedev lost in the quarter-finals to No.7 Robert Bautista Agut.     

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