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Barty Defeats Pliskova to Capture the Miami Open Title

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Barty Defeats Pliskova to Capture the Miami Open Title

Karen Pestaina @TennisNewsTPN
Appearing in her first WTA Premier Mandatory final, No. 12 seed Ashleigh Barty defeated No. 5 seed Karolina Pliskova 7-6(1), 6-3 to win the Miami Open title, the most important trophy so far in the Australian’s tennis career. The win for the 22-year-old Barty is her fourth career WTA Tour title. Her victory will move her into the Top Ten for the first time, she’ll be No. 9 in the world as of Monday.

She’s is the first Australian woman to win the Miami Open and the first Aussie woman in the Top Ten since Sam Stosur in 2013.

In the first set, Pliskova got an early break to take a 2-1 lead, extending it to 3-1. Barty recovered, winning three straight games to level the set. Both women held on to force a tiebreak.

After 1-1, in the tiebreak, Barty won the next six straight points, using her variety, especially her slice backhand to create points and claim the first set 7-6(1).
The second set opened with a 12-plus minute game which saw Barty earn a break. She extended her lead to 2-0 and almost earned a second break in the third game, which was a 10-plus minute marathon, but the Czech held off the surging Aussie.

Both women continued to hold their serves, Barty with ease, but Pliskova struggling until the ninth game, when the Aussie break serve to end the match 7-6(1), 6-3.

Barty’s crafty game produced 42 winners, which included 15 aces. Normally, Pliskova is the player who leads in the ace count. Pliskova had only 6 aces, 20 winners against 26 unforced errors. Barty hit 20 errors during the match, breaking her opponent’s serve three times.

“It’s been a phenomenal two weeks on the singles and doubles court,” said Barty in her on-court TV interview.

“Wimbledon last year was a turning point for me and I’ve been able to run with it. I knew I had to have my running shoes on today to make as many balls as possible.

“You don’t get these opportunities every day and you have to try and make the most of it.”

Barty now takes a 3-2 lead in her head-to-head record agains the former No. 1 Pliskova.

So far during the 2019 tennis season, 14 different women and 19 different men have captured trophies in just as many tournaments.

Karen Pestaina is a contributor to MiamiTennisNews. She writes for various tennis and news outlets and is the Editor-in-Chief of Tennis Panorama News. Follow her on Twittter @TennisNewsTPN.

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Shocker Saturday at the Miami Open: Osaka Out, Serena Withdraws

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Shocker Saturday at the Miami Open: Osaka Out, Serena Withdraws

Two points was all the world number one needed to saunter into the round of 16 at the Miami Open. Instead up 6-4, 5-4 and 30-0 in the second set, Naomi Osaka donated two double faults in the game to hand her opponent a break point. Once Osaka’s backhand landed wide, the score was leveled at 5-5. Still, there were chances in the tiebreak which went unclaimed by the Japanese star. Consequently, the match was decided with a third set.

Osaka secured a 2-0 lead when Su-Wei Hsieh double faulted at 15-40. But the veteran from Chinese Taipei was not discouraged. By swarming the net, she was up 0-30. Once Osaka’s backhand landed on her side of the net, Hsieh had break point. She converted by striking a return winner. Throughout the decisive set, Osaka was under the hatchet. Many times, the world number one found herself at 0-30 on her serve. She finally paid the price in the seventh game when a couple of errors delivered the 4-3 advantage to her rival. Subsequent to consolidating for 5-3, Hsieh went back to work. She arrived at her another break point which this time was a match point. Hsieh seized the victory 4-6, 7-6, 6-3 with a volley winner.

The Japanese player had clashed with Hsieh twice before. Thus, she should have known not have counted success until the umpire calls game set and match. In essence that was what she did “I think in that moment I got ahead of myself, but all the other times it was pretty fine. Like, I knew it was going to be a tough match playing her.. . I was kind of immature today. I was thinking too much, like everything was on my racquet. Honestly, she has the ability to make winners, too, whenever she wants.”

For Osaka, being in the position of number one and being expected to always win, she admits is added pressure “I think there’s a difference between having confidence and sort of getting ahead of yourself. . . the last time I played her, she was up two breaks or something, 4-1, I don’t remember if that was one or two breaks. I was just thinking, I was in a bigger hole last time, so I should be able to dig myself out of the hole this time. I completely forgot that she also learned things from that match. It wasn’t just me that was playing there. I just think it wasn’t that I had a big head, but I think I wasn’t really thinking about all of the things that was happening”.

After the Australian Open, Osaka had a major change, parting with Sascha Bajin. This is her second tournament with new coach Jermaine Jenkins. One area which failed Osaka today was her serve as she attempted to close out her counterpart “I’ve been working on my serve a lot these last two tournaments. And definitely it’s improved from Indian Wells to here. . .I don’t think the percentage was that great today. I was slowly starting to count on it again like I used to. . .I’ve been working a lot on my second serve. I think I need to continue practicing it because she was stepping in a lot and being very aggressive. That’s not something I want people to do. . .I think it’s interesting whenever you change coaches because there’s always an adjustment time. . .I think that I played pretty good today actually, if I get over the fact that I lost. I think I played a lot of good rallies. Of course, there were some shots that I tried to hit a winner on to early. I just do that sometimes. It’s nothing to be negative about. . .I think definitely we have a lot of ideas that we need to swap, so we really need to talk about that.

2017 Miami Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki overcame the antics of mercurial Romanian Monica Niculescu 6-4, 7-6 to march on to the round of 16. She will take on Hsieh next.

Petra Kvitová outlasted Donna Vekic in a 2 hour 36 minute contest. The 2 time Wimbledon champion edged out her rival 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. In the fourth round, Kvitová will clash with Caroline Garcia who dispatched Julia Goerges 6-0, 7-5.

In the battle of the Aussie, Ashleigh Barty bounced former U.S. Open winner Samantha Stosur 6-0, 6-3. Her opponent will be Kiki Bertens. The seventh seed coasted to triumph after dropping the first set with a 3-6, 6-0, 6-1 win over Viktoria Kuzmova.

Eight-time Miami Open champion Serena Williams was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to a left knee injury.

With the withdrawal, the tournament’s No. 18 seed Qiang Wang of China advances to the fourth round.

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