Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Ashleigh Barty moves to within one win of top 10 after Miami victory


Ashleigh Barty in line to sneak into your world’s top 10 in my ballet shoes after she beat Kiki Bertens to reach one more eight in the WTA’s Miami Open. The Australian # 1 dropped the very first set against her seventh-seeded opponent but dug deep to prevail 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

The win secured Barty, the 12th seed, catastrophe appearance during the last eight of the WTA premier mandatory event – usual biggest tournaments beyond your grand slams and also the season-ending WTA finals.

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Barty, who knocked out compatriot Samantha Stosur in the previous round, now holds a 4-0 record over Bertens. “Whenever I play Kiki, there’s not really much from the match in anyway,” Barty said.

Barty told reporters that new performance coach Ben Crowe aids improve her game. “He’s made an astronomical difference,” she said. “We’ve created a really tightly knit group: we trust the other person, we bounce ideas off each other and ultimately we try several out of one another.”

Barty will face third-seeded Petra Kvitova during the quarter-finals, with the added carrot of an spot within the top if she makes all the semi-finals. Czech world 2 Kvitova claimed a 6-3, 6-3 victory over France’s Caroline Garcia but only after having a rain delay of over 120 minutes while leading 5-2 during the second set.

“I’m glad I used to be capable to finish the match,” said Kvitova, who is able to regain 1 status if she lifts the Miami title.

Kvitova has defeated Barty twice at the moment, from the final in Sydney and also at the Australian Open, but the Queenslander is happy to resume their rivalry.

“Absolutely not!” Barty said when asked whether she was sick and tired with facing Kvitova. “It’s always a special challenge, she’s probably the greatest on the earth… I am looking forward going without running shoes.”

World No 3 Simone Halep booked herself an establishment inside the quarter-finals having a 6-3, 6-3 defeat of three-time Miami Open champion Venus Williams. Canadian 18-year-old Bianca Andreescu, who’s been battling a right shoulder problem, retired from her match against Estonian 21st seed Anett Kontaveit trailing 6-1 2-0.

Kontaveit will face Su-Wei Hsieh next following your Taiwanese overcame former world One Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 7-6 (7-0), 6-2.

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