Top seed Ashleigh Barty will look to win a second Miami Open title in a row when she takes on eighth seed Bianca Andreescu in the final of the 2021 Miami Open on Saturday. Get the live streaming options of this Ashleigh Barty v Bianca Andreescu match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Ashleigh Barty v Bianca Andreescu Head to Head
This will be the first ever meeting between the World No. 1 Barty and the World No. 9 Andreescu.
Barty Overwhelms Svitolina
Ashleigh Barty outplayed Elina Svitolina in the semifinal on Thursday to win only the second time against the Ukrainian in what was a seventh meeting between the two.
The Aussie who had won her first match against Svitolina in their last meeting at the 2019 WTA Finals final, got her second straight sets win against the fifth seed, defeating her 6-3, 6-3 in an hour and 29 minutes.
Dominating the contest, the World No. 1 struck 27 winners to Svitolina’s 11 and broke the World No. 5 five times from nine of her service games to improve to 12-2 in 2021.
The 24-year-old, who faced shock defeats to Karolina Muchova in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open and to Danielle Collins in the Round of 16 of the Adelaide International earlier this year, began the season by winning her ninth career title at the Yarra Valley Classic, by beating Garbine Muguruza in the final.
The 2019 French Open champion who played three tough three-setters en route to the semifinal will be extremely pleased with her dominating performance on Thursday that put her in a 15th career final.
The former cricketer turned tennis star, Barty had begun the title defense in Miami with a 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 win over Slovakia’s Kristina Kucova in the Round of 64.
She had an easy third round outing against Jelena Ostapenko, beating the Latvian 6-3, 6-2, before having to sweat it out against two Belarusians in the next two rounds.
First she edged past Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 1-6, 6-2 in the fourth round and then needed two hours and 16 minutes to hold off Aryna Sabalenka in a dramatic quarterfinal, which the Australian eventually won 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3.
Andreescu Battles Past Another Opponent
Facing Barty in the final will be Canada’ Bianca Andreescu, who won a fourth consecutive three-setter to knock out the 23rd seed Maria Sakkari of Greece and reach her first final since winning the U.S. Open in 2019.
The up-and-down contest that began on Thursday and dramatically went past the midnight saw a determined Andreescu edge out the Greek player 7-6 (9-7), 3-6, 7-6 (7-4) in two hours and 42 minutes.
The first Canadian to win a Grand Slam singles title, Andreescu has played 11 matches since her return to court this season, following a knee injury which kept her out of the entire 2020 season. Out of the 11, eight of them have been three-set affairs with Andreescu winning seven of them.
Having begun her Miami Open campaign with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 win over Tereza Martincova in the Round of 64, the World No. 9 needed two hours and 44 minutes to beat America’s Amanda Anisimova 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (2-7), 6-4 in the third round. The tough win was followed by another over two-hour contest, as she fought back from a set down to oust 12th seed Garbine Muguruza 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the fourth round.
Another gruelling duel followed as Andreescu edged past Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in a two-hour-and-34-minute quarterfinal.
Earlier this season, Andreescu had reached the final four of the Phillip Island Trophy by winning her first three matches, two of which needed a deciding set. She was eventually stopped in the semifinal by Marie Bouzkova in another three-set contest.
The gutsy Canadian will be prepared for another bruising battle on Saturday as she heads into her fifth final with a fourth title in sight. She had won the titles in Indian Wells, Toronto and new York and finished runner-up in Auckland in her breakthrough 2019 season.
Barty v Andreescu Prediction and Tip
Barty will be the favourite to win the final. She is the World No. 1, the top seed and the defending champion and was brilliant in her semifinal win against a high-quality opponent.
However, she has never faced Andreescu before and will be wary of her current form and her determined approach. The Australian will be aiming to win it in straight sets as the deeper it goes, the more the Canadian will begin to fancy her chances.
Tip: Barty to win: 1/2 (bet365)