World No.1 Ash Barty joins elite firm with the profitable defence of her Miami Open title.
World No.1 Ash Barty has lifted her 10th WTA singles trophy after the profitable defence of her Miami Open title.
The Australian defeated Bianca Andreescu 6-3 4-0 after the Canadian withdrew from the ultimate with a proper ankle harm.
Marking the primary time that she has defended a title, Barty is barely the sixth girl to defend the distinguished Miami Open crown.
She joins firm in Steffi Graf, Monica Seles, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Venus Williams and Serena Williams.
“They’re real champions of our sport, legends of our sport,” mentioned Barty. “It’s extraordinarily humbling to be talked about in the identical sentence as these champions.”
🏆 BACK-TO-BACK IN MIAMI 🏆
— wta (@WTA) April 3, 2021
Whereas acknowledging “I’ve bought a protracted, lengthy method to go but earlier than I may be in dialogue with these names”, Barty is underlining an authoritative maintain on the prime of the rankings.
The primary prime seed to win the Miami trophy since Serena Williams in 2015, Barty is barely the second girl to win a number of trophies this yr (becoming a member of Daria Kasatkina, a winner of the Phillip Island Trophy and St.Petersburg).
Opting to stay in Brisbane after the tour resumption in 2021, Barty claimed the primary match she contested in nearly a yr – the Yarra Valley Basic on the Melbourne Summer time Sequence – in February.
Victory on the Miami Open – Barty’s first occasion outdoors Australia for the reason that Qatar Open in February 2020 – required super preventing skill from the outset.
She saved a match level towards Kristina Kucova in her opening match and recorded victories over fellow Grand Slam champions Jelena Ostapenko and Victoria Azarenka.
Additionally a winner over Aryna Sabalenka and Elina Svitolina, three of Barty’s six Miami matches went the complete three-set distance.
Barty asserted herself early in a primary assembly with Andreescu, breaking the Canadian’s serve within the second sport and consolidating to take a 3-0 lead. Regardless of surrendering one service break of her personal, Barty broke once more within the sixth sport and went on to safe the set.
After struggling an ankle harm early within the second set, the No.8 seed was compelled to retire within the fourth sport.
“It’s by no means the best way you ever need to end a match, notably in a remaining. I actually do really feel for Bianca. I believe she’s had such a tough trot with accidents prior to now,” mentioned a sympathetic Barty, who anticipates additional exams from the proficient Canadian.
“I believe that’s going to be one of many first of many battles for us.”
Barty’s consideration now turns to the Volvo Automotive Open in Charleston, the place the highest seed is hoping to take care of momentum from her Miami milestone.
“I felt like with every match I’ve been enjoying higher and higher, which is in the end what we’re after,” mentioned Barty.
“To have the ability to have the title on the finish is a bonus, and to have the ability to defend my title the primary time in my profession I’ve been ready to try this is actually, actually particular too.”
No.1 Ashleigh Barty makes it 12 consecutive wins in Miami as she takes her 2nd #MiamiOpen title after Andreescu retires 63 40.
– 2nd title of 2021 (YVC)
– tenth profession title
– 1st title protection
– 2nd participant to win a title in 2021 after dealing with down MP, vs. Kucova. (Osaka, AO). pic.twitter.com/YxPYbWHFXf
— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) April 3, 2021
Aussies in motion – Miami
Girls’s singles, remaining
 Ash Barty (AUS) d Bianca Andreescu (CAN) 6-3 4-0