Prime seed Ashleigh Barty retained her Miami Open title after her Canadian opponent Bianca Andreescu was pressured to retire with an ankle harm.
The Australian world primary was main 6-3 4-0 within the first assembly between the pair.
The 2019 US Open champion had therapy from the coach after she fell within the third recreation of the second set however was unable to finish the match.
“It is by no means the way in which you need to end,” stated Barty.
“I really feel for Bianca as a result of she has had lots of accidents and I hope it would not hamper her season an excessive amount of.
“That is the primary time I’ve defended a title and I am excited we might kick-start a protracted season in the absolute best method.”
Barty had damaged her opponent early in each units and managed the match after that, transferring her opponent across the court docket.
She held serve within the opening recreation of the match and instantly broke earlier than going 3-0 up.
Though the Canadian took benefit of an erratic service recreation from Barty to interrupt again and shut the deficit to 3-2, it was solely a short lived reprieve because the Australian broke within the subsequent recreation and continued to exert her dominance once more to take the set.
Andreescu was quickly below stress within the second set, struggling an early break to go 2-0 down earlier than the harm quickly introduced a disappointing finish to her match.
Doubles disappointment for Evans and Skupski
In the meantime, Dan Evans and Neal Skupski had been crushed 6-4 6-4 within the males’s doubles remaining by Croatian second seeds Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic.
Evans and Skupski, taking part in collectively for the primary time, turned the third all-British duo to succeed in an ATP Masters 1000 remaining.
They fought laborious towards the second seeds, who had not dropped a set on their method to the ultimate.
However their opponents, who’ve been the in-form pairing this yr, proved too robust as they secured their fifth title of 2021.