It was a super saturday in Miami with miracles,wonder shots and withdrawals.
While world number 3 Simona Halep had to withdraw from the event owing to a shoulder injury, top-ranked Ashleigh Barty advanced to the fourth round at the Miami Open by beating Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-2 on Saturday.
Barty had a much easier outing as compared to the previous round when she saved a match point to beat qualifier Kristina Kucova. That was Barty’s first match away from her native Australia since February 2020. In the men’s section, there was much smoother going as the top seeds Andrey Rublev and Stefano Tsitsipas also proceeded to the next round.
Barty on the rise in Miami-
Ashleigh Barty kept Ostapenko on the move and on the defensive, pulling her in and moving her from side to side.
Barty is the defending champion as the 2019 winner. The tournament was canceled last year at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Her potential path to the final became easier when No. 3-seeded Simona Halep withdrew before her third-round match because of a right shoulder injury.
“I wanted to come here to give my best and play many matches, but unfortunately I can’t,” Halep said in a statement.
Halep earned her 400th career win with a comeback victory over Caroline Garcia in the second round. She had been scheduled to meet Anastasija Sevastova, who moved to the fourth round, next
Rublev and Tsitsipas pull off comfortable wins-
Greek star Tsitsipas flexed his muscles in a straight-sets win over Damir Dzumhur on Saturday (March 27).
World number five Tsitsipas eased past Dzumhur 6-1 6-4 in his first appearance since losing in last week’s Mexican Open final. Tsitsipas (15-4) became the third player to reach 15 wins this season, the second seed following in the footsteps of Russian duo Rublev (17-3) and Daniil Medvedev (15-2).
Fourth seed Rublev has proven to be remarkably consistent, highlighted by his crushing 6-1 6-2 rain-interrupted victory against Tennys Sandgren.
Having equaled his previous best run in Miami, Rublev will play 29th seed Marton Fucsovics who took down Thanasi Kokkinakis 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (4-7) 6-4. Rublev has won a Tour-leading 17 matches this year.
Elsewhere, fifth seed Schwartzman was a 6-3 6-3 winner against Yasutaka Uchiyama, Shapovalov – the sixth seed – trumped Ilya Ivashka 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-4 in a marathon, 12th seed Raonic accounted for Jordan Thompson 6-2 6-1, former US Open winner Cilic surprised 13th seed, Christian Garin, 3-6 7-5 7-6 (7-5), while 15th seed Alex de Minaur was eliminated.