Pliskova, Kenin Out Of Miami; Barty v Azarenka, Muguruza v Andreescu Monday
by Staff | March 29th, 2021, 9:55 am
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Multiple high seeds crashed out of the Miami Masters third round on Sunday.

Former No. 1 Karolina Pliskova lost for a third time this month to American upstart Jessica Pegula. After consecutive straight set one-sided losses in Dubai and Doha, Pliskova at least got a set but still lost this time 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.

After falling behind 6-1, 4-1, The big-serving Pliskova had the match on her racquet leading 4-2 in the final set, but she dropped the last four games to the feisty Pegula.

“I played her a lot the last three weeks, three tournaments,” said Pegula. “I definitely knew what to expect. I kind of expected her to play well there. Even when I was up I still felt like she could easily come back just because she plays so aggressive and she serves well.

“So I knew it could switch at any second, and it did. She played really well, and maybe I got a little passive, but I think mentally it was more mental today in that third set to come back and to break, hold and break was pretty big.

“I thought I stepped it up and hit some good winners, too. Just happy I was able to get through it mentally.”

Also going down was former Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin who was upset by Ons Jabuer 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

Bianca Andreescu continued her comeback winning the match of the day over Amanda Anismova 7-6(4), 6-7(2), 6-4. Andreescu couldn’t maintain a break lead in the second, but her serve powered her through in the third.

“I felt very good mentally before the match, and then on the court I felt really good,” Andreescu said. “It’s hard playing a player that she’s super erratic. She just slaps every ball, but she slaps it very well. I don’t want to say that in a bad way. But she’s a really good player.

In a super Monday showdown, Andreescu will now meet the 2021 WTA wins leader Garbine Muguruza. The Spaniard also went three sets in putting away Anna Kalinskaya 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

“I’m going to do my best with treatment, best with food, best with sleep, all that stuff,” Andreescu said looking ahead. “I have been here before. I have played tough matches like this. Had to play the next day. So I kind of know what to expect. I have to be on my A game tomorrow because I know Muguruza is very tough to play.”

Elise Mertens and Sara Sorribes Tormo were also winners. Tournament favorite Naomi Osaka didn’t have to take the court as her opponent, Nina Stojanovic, withdrew due to a right thigh injury.

Osaka will now meet Mertens Monday in the fourth round.

Also on Monday, Ash Barty and Victoria Azarenka collide in a battle of former Miami champions. And Petra Kvitova faces Elina Svitolina.

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