Miami Open: Naomi Osaka, Ashleigh Barty, Bianca Andreescu in quarter-finals; Stefanos Tsitsipas into last-16
Miami: Ashleigh Barty is hard to beat below any circumstances, particularly when she’s on the ropes.
She proved that once more Monday.
The world’s top-ranked participant has reached the Miami Open quarter-finals, getting there by holding off 14th-seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 6-1, 1-6, 6-2. It was Barty’s seventeenth win in her final 20 three-set matches, two of these victories for the Australian coming thus far on this match.
“That is a cool stat,” Barty mentioned.
This, too, was cool: The match lived as much as its showdown potential, with the reigning Miami Open champion and present world No 1 in Barty going through somebody who has received the Miami title 3 times and a earlier world No 1 in Azarenka.
Barty rolled within the first set, Azarenka within the second. However the third — as they are usually — was all Barty, who was by no means in hassle within the deciding set.
“It is nearly staying within the battle,” Barty mentioned. “It is about not relenting, not giving up no matter whether or not you lose a set otherwise you get a break, no matter it may be. I feel it is nearly attempting to hold round and I’ve labored my bottom off off the court docket to guarantee that I really feel like I am good bodily situation to play tennis.”
No 5 seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine wanted practically 2½ hours to beat ninth-seeded Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic 2-6, 7-5, 7-5 and earn her ticket to the quarter-finals.
“It was not straightforward situations,” mentioned Svitolina, who has already matched her greatest Miami end by making the quarters. “I used to be attempting to battle, looking for a method, one additional ball over the web.”
Barty will subsequent face No 7 seed Aryna Sabalenka, a 6-1, 6-2 winner over No 19 seed Marketa Vondrousova. Svitolina will play unseeded Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia within the quarters; Sevastova was a 6-1, 7-5 winner over wild-card Ana Konjuh of Croatia.
No 2 girls’s seed Naomi Osaka of Japan ran her successful streak to 23 matches and moved into the quarters by topping No 16 seed Elise Mertens of Belgium, 6-3, 6-3.
“I am not the kind of participant that actually wants that many tournaments to really feel a groove,” Osaka mentioned.
Osaka wasted six set factors earlier than lastly ending off Mertens to win the opening set; she wanted 5 break factors earlier than cashing in to go up 2-1 within the second. Mertens later wanted a medical timeout that lasted about 10 minutes whereas she left the court docket to get remedy on the world under her proper shoulder.
She did not win one other recreation; Osaka casually munched on a banana and took a number of serves whereas ready for Mertens to return, then cruised the remainder of the best way. Osaka subsequent meets No 23 Maria Sakkari of Greece, who received a 2-hour, 38-minute marathon over No 29 Jessica Pegula of the US.
Sakkari fended off six match factors and received 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (6).
Unseeded Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain acquired her fourth win of the match, all of them three-setters. She topped No 27 seed Ons Jabeur of Tunisia 6-4, 0-6, 6-1.
Subsequent up for Tormo: No 8 seed Bianca Andreescu of Canada, a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 winner over No 12 seed Garbine Muguruza of Spain in Monday’s ultimate match — capping a day the place 5 of the eight girls’s matches went three units.
“I am enjoying the most effective tennis of my life, that is for positive,” Tormo mentioned after her shortest match of the match — a mere 2 hours.
On the boys’s facet, Sebastian Korda of the US acquired his second consecutive win over a seeded foe, this one a 6-3, 6-0 romp previous No 17 Aslan Karatsev of Russia. Korda’s reward is a matchup with No 5 seed Diego Schwartzman of Argentina within the spherical of 16.
Korda is one among 4 US males within the spherical of 16 at Miami. His father, Petr Korda, performed within the occasion 10 occasions at its former Key Biscayne dwelling and made the spherical of 16 on 4 events.
“It is cool and it has been super-special for positive,” the youthful Korda mentioned of getting Miami success.
No 26-seeded Hubert Hurkacz of Poland upset sixth-seeded Denis Shapovalov of Canada 6-3, 7-6 (6). Shapovalov was clearly pissed off with some calls that the Hawk-Eye Reside expertise — the system that replaces reside strains judges with cameras — noticed a method and he noticed one other method.
“We’re getting used to that, that Hawk-Eye life,” Hurkacz mentioned. “It is a bit bit completely different.”
No 2 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece topped No 28 Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. Tsitsipas meets No 24 Lorenzo Sonnego of Italy, a 7-6 (6), 6-3 winner over Daniel Elahi Galan of Colombia.
In different third-round males’s matchups, Schwartzman defeated Twenty fifth-seeded Adrian Mannarino of France 6-1, 6-4; Twelfth-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada topped Twentieth-seeded Ugo Humbert of France 6-4, 7-5; and 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic of Croatia defeated Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti 6-3, 6-4.
Cilic will meet fourth-seeded Andrey Rublev of Russia subsequent. Rublev rolled previous Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics 6-2, 6-1 — beating him head-to-head for the third time within the final 22 days, and that does not even embrace a walkover victory over Fucsovics in Qatar in that span.
“Marton (informed) me, ‘I do not wish to see you. I do not wish to see you,'” Rublev mentioned.
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