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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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Maria Sakkari Appoints Witt As Coach For American Swing



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Maria Sakkari has enlisted the help of Jessica Pegula’s former long-time coach in a bid to regain her form on the Tour. 

Greek media has confirmed that the world No.9 has begun a partnership with David Witt, who has also previously coached Venus Williams. Witt had worked with Pegula since 2019 before the tennis star decided to end their collaboration earlier this year. During their time together he oversaw the American win two WTA 1000 events, reached the quarter-final of a grand Slam on six occasions and peaked at a ranking high of No.3. 

Sakkari’s appointment comes after she ended her six-year working relationship with Tom Hill. Highlights of their partnership include winning two Tour titles, reaching a Grand Slam semi-final twice and spending more than two years in the top 10. 

“Tom, thank you for all the emotions, the support on and off the court, and the belief you had in me since day one,” Sakkari wrote on Instagram last month. “We grew together, and you helped me realize that everything is possible.

“Not only did you make me a better tennis player, but you also made me a better person. Thank you for always wanting the best for me and for always having my back! Good luck on the next chapter in your career.”

Sakkari is looking to get back on track after what has been a disappointing start to 2024. She had won just two matches in her first four singles tournaments played and is yet to face an opponent ranked in the world’s top 20. However, she faired better at the United Cup, where she won three matches in the team event, including victories over Lelylah Fernandez and Angelique Kerber. 

It is understood that Sakkari will be working with Witt at both Indian Wells and Miami. If their partnership is successful, it could be extended further into the clay swing. The other members of her team will remain in the same roles. 

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Ugo Humbert saves three match points to beat Hubert Hurkacz in Dubai



Fifth-seed Ugo Humbert came back from one set down to beat Hubert Hurkacz 3-6 7-6 (10-8) 6-3. Humbert had beaten Hurkacz en route to his title in Marseille. 

Hurkacz converted his third break point in the fourth game to win the first set 6-3. Humbert saved three match points in the tie-break of the second set before converting his first set point to force the match to the decider. Humbert broke twice to seal the third set 6-3. 

“It was a great battle. I tried to battle for every point. In the tie-break I saved three match points, tried to do my best and thanks to those French fans for the amazing support”, said Humbert. 

Humbert set up a semifinal match against Danil Medvedev, who beats Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-2 6-3. Humbert leads 2-1 in their head-to-head matches, but Medvedev won their most recent match in three sets at the China Open in their most recent head-to-head match in Beijing last year.

“It’s going to be a great challenge against Danil tomorrow. We had a few great fights. Hopefully I will recover well to be ready for this match”, said Humbert. 

Aleksander Bublik was leading Jiri Lehecka 6-4 4-1 when the Czech player was forced to retire due to an injury. Bublik set up a match against Andrey Rublev, who was leading Sebastian Korda 6-4 4-3  when the Czech player withdrew due to injury. 

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Brazilian Rising Star Joao Fonseca Waives College Eligibility To Turn Pro



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One of Brazil’s most promising young tennis players has made the bold decision to abandon a dream of his to play college tennis in America to turn pro. 

17-year-old Jaoao Fonseca was committed to playing college tennis at the University of Virginia but says professional tennis has called him in a way he couldn’t refuse. The rising star has played just two Tour-level events so far in his career and is currently ranked 343rd in the world. 

At last week’s Rio Open, he became the second-youngest player after Alexander Zverev to reach the quarter-finals of an ATP 500 event since the category was introduced. In his home tournament, the Brazillian beat Arthur Fils and Cristian Garin before losing to Mariano Navone.

“It was an incredibly tough decision for me and my family as I have been dreaming about living a college life in Charlottesville, playing the sport that l love with a wonderful team and coach, but, in the last months, professional tennis called me in a way that I simply couldn’t say no,” Fonseca wrote in a statement published on Instagram
“Although I will not be attending school, I think it is an extremely valuable and viable path for young players in their way to professional careers,” he added.

Fonseca has already enjoyed success on the junior circuit. Last year he was runner-up in the doubles tournament at the Australian Open boy’s event. Then at the US Open, he won his first Grand Slam junior title in singles. He is also a former ITF Junior World No.1 and is currently ranked second in the standings. 

The youngster has already been hailed by compatriot Beatriz Haddad Maia, who is currently ranked 13th on the WTA Tour. Speaking to reporters at the San Diego Open, she has offered her support to Fonseca if he needs it. 

“João is a nice person. He has a great future, if he keeps working hard and keeps doing what he’s doing. I think he has a very aggressive mentality and tennis.” She said.

“We sometimes text each other, but not that much. But I’m always following.. not only him.. but the Brazilians. I’m proud of what he’s doing. He has a long way and he needs to understand that it’s a marathon, it’s not a 100 meter race.’
“Tennis has its ups and downs. I wish him all the best, for sure. I’ll be here whenever he wants. I’m happy with what he’s doing.” 

Fonseca played at the Chile Open this week but lost in the first round to Thiago Agustin Tirante.

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