Ash Barty strikes into the Miami Open’s last 16, however Australian males Alex de Minaur, Jordan Thompson and Thanasi Kokkinakis all exit within the second spherical.
Ash Barty’s Miami Open title defence stays on observe, after the Australian recorded a simple third-round win.
The highest seed defeated Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 6-2 in 71 minutes to advance to the ultimate 16.
It marks an eighth straight match win for Barty in Miami, who defeated Karolina Pliskova within the last to grab the 2019 title – on the time, the most important win of her profession.
Barty’s newest match in Miami was in stark distinction to her 2021 opener towards Kristina Kucova, when the world No.1 saved a match point in a battle extending virtually two-and-a-half hours.
Safely into Spherical 4 😎
— wta (@WTA) March 27, 2021
In an environment friendly efficiency towards the world No.54 from Latvia, Barty struck 9 winners and dropped serve solely as soon as, doing so within the second recreation of the second set.
The 24-year-old responded fantastically to the one hit of adversity, claiming the final six video games of the match to finish her convincing win.
“As we speak felt like I used to be lots sharper and switched on and able to go from the very first level,” mentioned Barty, who’s taking part in her first event outdoors Australia since reaching the Qatar Open semifinals in February final yr.
“The purpose at present was to attempt to carry the tennis again to my sort of tempo and my sort of rhythm as typically as doable and as rapidly as doable in factors.”
With one Grand Slam champion dismissed – Ostapenko was the winner of the 2017 Roland Garros title – the Australian will now face one other one.
Barty subsequent faces Victoria Azarenka, a straight-sets winner over Angelique Kerber.
Ash Barty again into the Spherical of 16 after successful the battle of Roland Garros champions. Strong work in breezy situations to defeat Jelena Ostapenko.
— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) March 27, 2021
It was a more durable day in Miami for Australia’s male gamers, with Jordan Thompson, Alex de Minaur and Thanasi Kokkinakis all bundled out.
Thompson was a sufferer to No.12 seed Milos Raonic, the Canadian recording a 6-2 6-1 win of their second spherical.
And whereas Alex de Minaur fought typically laborious towards Daniel Elahi Galan, the Colombian claimed an upset 4-6 6-3 6-4 win over the No.15 seed.
Ranked No.113 in comparison with world No.23 De Minaur, Galan took two hours and 23 minutes to grab the most important win of his profession.
However Kokkinakis would take coronary heart from the shape he displayed towards No.29 seed Marton Fucsovics, who took greater than three hours to file 7-6(3) 6-7(4) 6-4 win.
A qualifier in Miami, Kokkinakis saved three break factors earlier than surrendering the primary set to the Hungarian in simply over an hour.
In a near-replica second set, the Australian levelled the rating by claiming the tiebreak.
However with the primary break of serve surrendered within the fifth recreation of the decider, the world No.40 Fucsovics finally gained a bonus.
Whereas Kokkinakis claimed his personal service break to stage at 4-4, he wasn’t capable of consolidate. Fucsovics edged forward with one other break of serve, earlier than lastly serving out the match.
Nonetheless, there was a lot for Kokkinakis to take from his Miami run.
Firing seven aces and recording solely three double faults, Kokkinakis actually received 4 extra factors in complete than Fucsovic’s 112. He prolonged his tiebreak file in 2021 to 8-1.
Returned to the tour in 2021 after a yr principally sidelined, the previous world No.69 pushed Stefanos Tsitsipas to 5 units within the second spherical of the Australian Open – and may progress proceed at its present charge, Kokkinakis will make regular enhancements on his present rating of world No.243.
Aussies in motion – Miami
Males’s singles, second spherical
 Milos Raonic (CAN) d Jordan Thompson (AUS) 6-2 6-1
Daniel Elahi Galan (COL) d  Alex de Minaur (AUS) 4-6 6-3 6-4
 Marton Fucsovics (HUN) d [Q] Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) 7-6(3) 6-7(4) 6-4
Girls’s singles, third spherical
 Ash Barty (AUS) d Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) 6-3 6-2
Males’s doubles, first spherical
Luke Saville (AUS)/Oliver Marach (AUT) d Kevin Krawietz (GER)/Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) 6-3 3-6 [11-9]
Girls’s doubles, first spherical
Storm Sanders (AUS)/Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER) d Vania King (USA)/Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 7-5 6-2
[ALT] Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS)/Yang Zhaosuan (CHN) d [WC] Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS)/Heather Watson (GBR) 6-4 6-1
Males’s singles, third spherical
Alexei Popyrin (AUS) v  Daniil Medvedev (RUS)
James Duckworth (AUS) v  Alexander Bublik (KAZ)
Girls’s singles, fourth spherical
 Ash Barty (AUS) v  Victoria Azarenka (BLR)
Males’s doubles, second spherical
Luke Saville (AUS)/Oliver Marach (AUT) v Karen Khachanov (RUS)/Andrey Rublev(RUS)
Girls’s doubles, second spherical
Storm Sanders (AUS)/Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER) v Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN)/Giuliana Olmos (MEX)