Halep Ousted By Bacsinszky In Miami QFs, 2-Time Winner Azarenka Faces Konta
by Staff | March 30th, 2016, 1:00 am

Simona Halep’s struggles continued Tuesday in Miami. The Romanian who once was the next big thing in women’s tennis was stunned in three sets by former French semifinalist Timea Bacsinszky 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the Miami quarterfinals.

“I came back from a long road,” the Swiss said after. “The first set was really tough. She’s an awesome player and a great fighter.

“For the last year, she has also been an inspiration for me because I believe in hard work and she’s one of the players who work really hard, so to be able to play that well against her and to catch the win is really amazing.

“I’m really happy with the win.”

Now ranked No. 5, Halep hasn’t been to a final since Cincinnati last summer and hasn’t won a title since Indian Wells over a year ago.

In her first Miami semifinal, Bacsinszky will play 2006 Miami champion Svetlana Kuznetsova on Thursday. Kuznetsova beat Russian countryman Ekaterina Makarova 6-7, 6-4, 6-3. Kuznetsova led 5-2, 40-0 before losing the first set. But she shook off the choke to advance.

On tap Wednesday, 2-time winner Victoria Azarenka meets Johanna Konta. The Brit won their lone meeting last September in Wuhan via a retirement. Azarenka has won 19 of 20 matches this year including her last nine.

“We have played in Wuhan last year, but it was difficult to consider that a full match since I didn’t really feel physically well or wasn’t good on the court,” said Azarenka who had a leg injury in that match.

“But it’s really impressive to see how much she improved over the last couple months. Obviously had some great results; playing with a lot of confidence. She has a very solid game; big serve. I’m just looking forward to that challenge. I think for me it’s going to be our first meeting, but I’m looking forward to that.”

In the night match, American Madison Keys collides with Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber. The German has won three of four against Keys taking their most recent meeting in the Charleston final last year.

“Madison is a great young player,” said Kerber who is the highest ranked player left in the event. “She plays great matches against me and we’ve had tough battles in the past. I’m looking forward. She’s at home here, and I will just try to take the challenge against her and play a good match.”

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11 Comments for Halep Ousted By Bacsinszky In Miami QFs, 2-Time Winner Azarenka Faces Konta

Margot Says:

Sorry about Jalep. Still not back on form.
Think Jo has come to the end of her run now she meets Vika, but is really improving all the time.
Like Angie and Madison. Win. Win.

RZ Says:

Agree that Jo will probably lose to Vika, but she won’t make it easy.

First up is Mattek-Sands/Safarova vs the “Silent Hs” Hradecka/Hlavacova – should be good!

MMT Says:

Did anyone see this match with Jalep? It was a very strange performance. She appeared to be out of emotionally, and not at all focused on the match. Ironically, it seemed almost out of spite, she would do precisely what Cahill (who came to the court at least 2 times, maybe 3) told her to do, and it would work for a game…then Bacsinszky would dial it in and Jalep had no answer again.

Speaking of on court coaching – this was the experiment at it’s stupidest. Jalep left me with the impression that she was doing Cahill a favor by call him to the court. There was no conversation, no interaction, and then she’d do what he said for a game, it would work, but the minute something went wrong, it was back to, “I can’t be bothered.”

Jalep is not a player who can get by without her competitiveness, and it deserted her yesterday.

RZ Says:

I should point out that while Simona Halep played in Miami, our fellow poster Jalep did not as far as I know. Unless they are the same person and we just don’t know it, which could explain why Jalep has been quiet on Tennis-X recently. Hmmm…

RZ Says:

^ Sorry Margot and MMT – could’t help myself.

Margot Says:

Lol RZ……of course. See how influential our Jalep is ;) And you don’t actually know where she is…;)

RZ Says:

Azarenka just won the first set 6-5 over Konta, but looking at the match stats, the only stats where Azarenka is ahead is on break points (saved 4/4, won 1/3) and first serve % which is not too different between the two (65% Vika, 59% Jo). Goes to show that in tennis it’s not always how many points you win so much as when you win those points.

RZ Says:

^ Sorry, 6-4 (not 6-5)

Margot Says:

^ the “Jalep effect?” ;)

RZ Says:

@Margot :-)

RZ Says:

Well Jo played a good first set, then kinda unraveled in the second. It looked like she was getting back on track toward the end but too little too late. But still a premier event QF is a very good result for her and I think she’ll be in the top 20 next week. So go Jo – onward and upward!

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