Shoulder Forces Halep Out Of Miami; Barty, Azarenka Move On
by Staff | March 28th, 2021, 9:45 am
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Ahead of her third round clash with Anastasija Sevastova, former No. 1 Simona Halep withdrew from the Miami Masters due to a right shoulder injury she carried from her previous match.

“I’m very sorry I have to pull out of singles and doubles at the Miami Open, but my injury doesn’t let me play here as expected,” Halep stated. “I’m sad that I can’t continue, I wanted to come here to give my best and play many matches but unfortunately I can’t. Hopefully next year I will be back healthy and better.”

The 2-time Miami semifinalist was the first Top 10 player out of the women’s draw.

World No. 1 Ash Barty continued her title defense with a strong win over Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-2. After saving two match points in her opener, Saturday was much easier against he fellow French winner.

“I think today felt like I was a lot sharper and switched on and ready to go from the very first point,” Barty said. “I give myself another opportunity to try and do that again in another match in a couple days’ time. I think that’s probably the most pleasing thing is that each day we continue to learn, each day we continue to grow and continue to try and develop our game and learn from our mistakes, learn from all experiences that we have.”

Up next for Barty is 2-time Miami winner Victoria Azarenka who won for a ninth time against Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-2.

“When things weren’t really working out in the beginning for me, I felt that I was looking for the right approach, trying to find my rhythm, so I think that’s what I’m the most proud of today,” said Barty. “Then the game started to pick up. My rhythm started to pick up. My movement started to pick up. I felt like it came first from my approach and my mentality.”

Azarenka looked ahead to the Monday Barty showdown.

“She’s a very talented player,” Azarenka said. “I always have been a huge fan of her game and the way she plays, the way she, you know, kind of handles herself.

“She has a lot of variety. She has pretty much every single shot there is. She’s, you know, going to be a great match. I don’t know when was the last time we actually played against each other.”

Petra Kvitova rolled past former champion Johanna Konta 6-2, 6-1. Aryna Sabalenka and Elina Svitolina were also winners while Iga Swiatek lost in three to Ana Konjuh and Belinda Bencic fell to Marketa Vondrousova.

Third round play concludes Sunday with Naomi Osaka seeking her 23rd straight win, she’ll meet Nina Stojanovic. Bianca Andreescu battles Amanda Anisimova and Karolina Pliskova tries to solve Jessica Pegula. The Czech is 0-2 this month against Pegula!

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