Miami Open: Ashleigh Barty reclaims title as Andreescu retires

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Ashleigh Barty poses with the Miami Open title in Miami on Saturday.

Ash Barty pushed a forehand winner into the open courtroom as her opponent, Bianca Andreescu, laid on her again within the far nook, injured but once more.

With that, the Miami Open closing was determined.

Andreescu limped by way of 11 extra factors earlier than she retired, crying, shaking her head and trailing 6-Three, Four-Zero.

The No. 1-ranked Barty received her second successive Miami title Saturday, and the Australian was already answerable for the match when Andreescu turned her proper foot whereas hitting a forehand and sprawled to the onerous courtroom. Barty hit another shot to win the purpose, and play continued.

However in the course of the ensuing changeover, a coach taped Andreescu’s foot, and after one other recreation the injury-plagued Canadian reluctantly referred to as it quits.

“I actually do really feel for Bianca,” Barty mentioned. “She has had such a tough trot with accidents previously.”

Andreescu was once more tearful initially of her postmatch information convention, when she defined that her coach satisfied her to retire slightly than threat additional damage.

“I did not need to cease,” she mentioned. “I trusted him, and I knew it was one of the best determination.”

The match was the primary in the US for the 20-year-old Andreescu since she received the 2019 U.S. Open. She sat out 2020 due to accidents and the coronavirus pandemic and now faces one other attainable layoff.

“I’ll see what’s up with my foot, and begin visualizing the therapeutic course of if it is one thing dangerous,” Andreescu mentioned.

On Sunday, 19-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner will attempt to change into the youngest males’s champion in match historical past when he performs No. 26-seeded Hubert Hurkacz of Poland. Every is in search of the largest title of his profession.

Barty made her personal breakthrough by profitable the 2019 Miami championship. The match was canceled final 12 months initially of the coronavirus pandemic.

5 different girls have earned consecutive Miami titles: Stefanie Graf, Monica Seles, Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario, Venus Williams and Serena Williams.

“I should not belong with that group,” Barty mentioned with a smile.

“I have never earned the correct to be on a listing with these champions. They’re real champions and legends, and I really feel very privileged to be talked about in that sentence.”

The match between Barty and Andreescu was their first, and a possible pleasant rivalry looms. Barty dominated from the beginning of the ultimate together with her robust serve and all-court recreation.

“She does not play like a number of the gamers on tour,” Andreescu mentioned.

“She likes to combine it up, like me. That is not enjoyable to play in opposition to. I assume I am getting a style of my very own medication.”

Barty was taking part in exterior of Australia for the primary time since February 2020, and she or he arrived in Miami after a visit that took 45 hours due to two canceled flights.

“I mentioned to my coach after we bought right here, it may solely get higher from right here,” she mentioned.

It did. Barty was one level from defeat in her opening match in opposition to Kristina Kucova, however she gained momentum from there and can preserve her No. 1 rating subsequent week.

With the pandemic limiting journey, the 2019 French Open champion heads into the clay courtroom season anticipating to stay away from residence for months.
“It is an incredible begin for us,” Barty mentioned.

“I am wanting ahead to what’s going to hopefully be a giant season for us, and hopefully we will play some actually good tennis.”

As a result of the pandemic diminished match income and severely restricted attendance, the champion acquired $300,110, in contrast with the $1.35 million Barty received in 2019. Solely 750 followers have been allowed on the grounds per session.

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