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Ash Barty Eases Past Svitolina To Reach Miami Final

The world No.1 is a win away from becoming the first player since Serena Williams to defend a title at the tournament.




Ashleigh Barty is into the final of Miami Open after a relatively comfortable 6-3, 6-3, win over her opponent Elina Svitolina in less than 90 minutes.

The worlds No.1 hit 28 winners in the process while her rival leaked 34 unforced errors in their clash. Barty’s latest victory improves her win-loss record of 12-2 this season and she has now won 11 match in Miami. She will have a shot on Saturday of becoming the fist woman since Serena Williams to win back-to-back Miami titles after triumphing in 2019. Last year’s edition was scrapped due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


“It wasn’t easy by any means I thought I played a good match,” she said in her on-court interview after the win, ” I tried to be aggressive and I was able to execute, it’s a bit of a fine line sometimes but certainly happy with how today went”

From the word play the Aussie was on her game and earned a breakpoint in the opening game of the match with a sensational forehand winner and broke to take the early 1-0 lead.

Fifth seed Svitolina responded the very next game by trying to break back to go back on serve but she was thwarted by the world number one thanks in large part to her huge serve.

Barty had a chance to go up a double break after holding serve but the Ukrainian was up to the task once again at saving it. At 3-1 the world number one had another chance to do it and this time she would not fail as she would break once more to take a commanding 4-1 lead.

The double break didn’t last long as the number five seed earned two breakpoints the very next game and would break to regain one of the breaks back.

Svitolina was made to work hard once again saving another breakpoint on her next service game and the very next game tried to break once again to go back on serve but the Aussie serve was in full force and she would hold serve.

At 5-3 Barty would earn two set points on her opponents serve and would break again to seal the first set. Before the second set could begin she called for the trainer and took a medical timeout off court for a abdominal issue.

The Ukrainian was in no mood to play games and went on the offensive in the first game of the second set earning a breakpoint but the Aussie would once again save it with her big serve.

After holding serve it was the world number one who went on the attack looking for the crucial break and had three chances to do it but it Svitolina who would come up big saving all three and holding serve.

At 2-1 the Aussie would finally make the breakthrough to take a 3-1 lead but again the break wouldn’t last for long as the number five seed broke right back the very next game.

Once again the very next game the world number one stay determined and would break to take a 4-2 lead and cruised from there to serve out the match.

After the match in her post game press conference she spoke about what it felt like to be back in the final as a repeat finalist.

“It’s really exciting and obviously that’s the goal for every tournament you play in, you want to give yourself a chance to hold the title at the end, it’s an exciting opportunity now that we’re in another final in Miami,” Barty commented.

In that final she will either play Bianca Andreescu who has mentioned this week she is seeing shades of the way she played back in 2019.

“Bianca (Andreescu) I haven’t played her before, haven’t hit with her before so it’s a fresh one for both of us but she’s proven time and time again she loves the big matches, the big tournaments and has the physicality to win them,” she said.

That match is scheduled for last on Grandstand at 8:30 pm local time to decide who will play Barty in the final on Saturday.

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Anhelina Kalinina beats Daria Kasatkina at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow




Anhelina Kalinina eased past Daria Kasatkina 6-2 6-3 after 1 hour and 23 minutes at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. 


Kalinina, who reached the final in Budapest this year, hit 24  winners to 18 unforced errors. She scored her second top 30 win this year after beating Angelique Kerber in the first round at this year’s edition of the French Open. 

The match between Kalinina and Kasatkina featured 12 breaks of serve. Kalinina went up a 3-0 lead with a double break in the second set. Kasatkina pulled one break back in the fourth game and saved four break points to hold serve in the fifth game for 2-3 in the longest game of the match. 

Kalinina saved two match points in the sixth game before breaking serve in the seventh game to open up a 5-2 lead. She was not able to serve out the match after two double faults, but she sealed the second set with a drive volley. 

Anna Kalinskaya rallied from 3-5 down in the first set to beat Dayana Yastremska 7-6 (7-5) 6-4. Yastremska started the tie-break with six consecutive unforced errors, but she saved five set points, but she sent a return outside the court. Kalinskaya set up a second round match against Maria Sakkari. 

Lesla Tsurenko beat 18-year-old Chinese player Zheng Qinwen 6-4 6-3. Bernarda Pera beat Aleksandra Krunic 7-6 (7-3) 6-3. Pera converted her sixth point to close out the first set.  Pera will face Anastasya Pavlyuchenkova. 

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Arthur Rinderknech beats Federico Delbonis to reach the second round in Antwerp




Arthur Rinderknech won 85% of his first service points in his 6-4 6-4 win over Federico Delbonis after 1 hour and 31 minutes to reach the second round at the European Open in Antwerp. 


Rinderknech earned two breaks to open up a 4-1 lead. Delbonis pulled back one break in the sixth game, but Rinderknech held on his next service games to win the first set 6-4. 

The Frenchman went up an early break in the first game to take a 4-2 lead. Delbonis saved three break points to hold serve at deuce in the seventh game for 3-4. Rinderknech served out the win at deuce after saving a break point in the 10th game. 

Rinderknech has extended his winning record to 2-0 in his head-to-head matches against Delbonis.

“I am really pleased with the win. There were some crazy points here and there and sometimes they did not go my way. These kind of points can change the match but I tried to stay focused and I am pleased I was able to close out the match”, said Rinderknech. 

US Next Gen player Jenson Brooksby cruised past Norbert Gombos 6-4 6-2. Brooksby went up a 4-1 lead with a double break. Gombos pulled one break back for 2-4 in the sixth game. Brooksby held on his next service games to win the first set 6-4 and earned two breaks in the first and seventh games to seal the second set 6-4. 

Another US Next Gen rising star Brandon Nakashima beat Pierre Hugues Herbert 6-2 6-4. Nakashima broke serve in the fifth and seventh games and earned a break in the fifth game of the second set. 

Dusan Lajovic beat Richard Gasquet 7-6 (7-3) 6-1. Gasquet earned a break in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. Lajovic broke straight back to draw level to 2-2. Lajovic saved two break points in the ninth and eleventh games. Lajovic earned three mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-3. The Serbian player broke three times to win the second set 6-1. 

Botic Van de Zandschulp beat Alexei Popyrin 6-4 3-6 6-0. Van de Zandschulp won the first set 6-4 with a break in the fifth game. 

Popyrin saved five break points in the first game before converting his third break point to take a 2-0 lead. Both players went on serve until the 10th game when Popyrin served out the set after saving two break points. 

Van de Zandschulp earned three breaks to win the third set 6-0. 

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Marin Cilic overcomes Damir Dzumhur at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow




Marin Cilic edged past Damir Dzumhur 6-7 (4-7) 6-1 6-1 after 1 hour and 51 minutes to reach the second round at the VTB Kremlin Cup in Moscow. Cilic won two consecutive titles in 2014 and 2015. 


Cilic came back from losing the tie-break of the first set by winning 12 of the last 13 games. He will face either Tommy Paul or Winston Salem finalist Mikael Ymer.

The opening set went on serve with no break points en route to the tie-break. Dzumhur earned three set points at 6-3 with two mini-breaks and converted his second chance to win the tie-break 7-4. Cilic broke three times to cruise through to a 6-1 win in the second set. The 2014 US Open champion saved a break point in the third game before breaking at deuce in the fourth game to open up a 3-1 lead. Cilic closed out the third set with a double break at love in the sixth game. 

The Croatian player has extended his winning record to 2-0 in his head-to-head matches against Dzumhur. 

Cilic won his 19th career ATP title in Stuttgart against Felix Auger Aliassime and reached two semifinals in Singapore and Estoril.  

“It always feels great to be here. It is always a pleasure and it is great to see a nice crowd here. I know that Damir always enjoys these conditions where the court is a bit slower and the ball stays a bit slower, so I was having a little bit of difficulty on his serve in the first set”, said Cilic. 

John Millman also rallied from one set down to beat Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-3 after two hours and 35 minutes. Millman will play against either Alexander Bublik or Ukrainian qualifier Ilya Marchenko. 

Millman went up a 5-2 lead with a double break. Bonzi pulled both breaks back to draw level to draw level to 5-5. Bonzi earned two mini-breaks to take a 4-2 lead. Millman pulled back on serve to draw level to 5-5, but Bonzi earned his third mini-break to win the tie-break 7-5.

Bonzi went up a set and a break to take a 4-3 lead, but Millman won the final three games with two breaks to claim the second set 6-4. Millman raced out to a 4-0 lead with two breaks. Bonzi got one break back in the fifth game for 1-4. Millman won his final service games to close out the third set 6-3. 

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