Posted31 mars 2021, 07:58
Australian Ashleigh Barty (N.1) fought a fierce battle to advance to the semi-finals of the Miami tournament. Daniil Medvedev reached the men’s quarterfinals, sparing his legs this time.
Australia’s Ashleigh Barty (N.1) fought a fierce battle against Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka (N.7) on Tuesday to advance to the semi-finals of the Miami tournament, where Daniil Medvedev reached the men’s quarterfinals , sparing her legs this time.
The 24-year-old defender will face the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina (N.5) on Thursday. If she qualifies for the final, she will be sure to stay atop the WTA rankings. If she fails and Naomi Osaka succeeds her, the Japanese will hit twice.
“It’s a goal to stay N.1, I want to do the best I can, but that should not distract me or add pressure to me,” said Barty, who is mainly trying to regain his top level, for his first tournament outside Australia for more than a year as the coronavirus has disrupted the course of sporting events around the world.
She can also congratulate herself for not having let go once again, as when she entered the competition where she had saved a match point. Because the day after the showdown won against another Belarusian, Victoria Azarenka, she had even more to face Sabalenka, who did not give up 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6 -3 that after 2h16.
After the loss of the second set in the tie-break, Barty did not give up, quickly obtaining three break points, all erased by the Belarusian, who, visibly suffering from abdominal pain, nevertheless ended up breaking down by conceding his serve to 5-3.
Favorite among the men, Daniil Medvedev (N.1), winner of the American Frances Tiafoe 6-4, 6-3, reassured him on the physical level, two days after his 3rd round passed with difficulty, crippled with cramps .
This is the first time in his career that the Russian has reached this stage of the Florida tournament. He will face the Spaniard Roberto Bautista (N.7) who released 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (9/7) John Isner, winner in 2018.
“It’s always so complicated to play with this heat and humidity. We sweat a lot, we want to change our t-shirt every two games, but luckily I’ve been able to recover quickly since Sunday, ”he said on the court after spending only 1h32 there.
He was first realistic by converting his second set point on an opponent’s service at the best time at 5-4, not without having fallen on cement in the previous game. What required the intervention of the doctor to clean his small wound.
In the third game of the second round, he gave up his service, on a double fault which did not disturb him since he immediately recovered to unblock Tiafoe, author of unwelcome unforced errors. After still having to erase three break points at 3-3, thanks to his service (11 aces), he ended up taking the powder to 5-3 and then conclude.
“Frances is a mentally strong player so I had to be 100%. A lot of games were tough to win, but I was consistent, a bit lucky too, ”he commented.
The Korda surprise
In the evening, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev, the two favorites of the other part of the table, also passed without a hitch.
The Greek (N.2) firmly took the 6-2, 7-6 (7/2) measure of the Italian Lorenzo Sonego and will face the Polish Hubert Hurkacz (N.26), who emerged victorious from his close duel with the Canadian Milos Raonic (12) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4).
The Russian (N.4) got rid of the Czech Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-4 and will face the American Sebastian Korda. Ranked 87th in the world, the son of former Czech player Petr Korda, winner of the Australian Open in 1998, surprised by beating Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 in the lead. of series N.5.
He will play his first quarter of a Masters 1000, just like the Italian Jannick Sinner (N.21) and the Kazakh Alexander Bublik who will face each other, after respectively beating the Finnish Emil Ruusuvuori (6-3, 6-2) and the American Taylor Fritz 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 6-4.
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