World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty finished on top in Miami, beating an injured Bianca Andreescu 6-3, 4-0, ret. to successfully defend her Miami Open title.
Meanwhile, the men’s singles final in Miami will feature a battle of two underdogs – Jannik Sinner and Hubert Hurkacz. Get full insight below.
Barty retains No. 1 ranking
Ashleigh Barty had a pretty interesting journey in Miami.
From saving a match point in the very first round against Kristina Kucova to beating the likes of Victoria Azarenka, Aryna Sabalenka, and Elina Svitolina, the Aussie has proven why she deserves to be the #1 player on the WTA Tour.
Her final game against Andreescu started on a solid note as she stormed to take the first set with ease. In the second set, however, the Canadian picked up an injury at 2-0 down and retired a couple of games later.
In the post-match conference, Andreescu did mention that she is hoping to be around for a long time and is looking forward to the rest of the season.
As for Barty, she won her 10th singles title in Miami and the second one in the 2021 season. With that title run, she has also ensured that she remains World No. 1 for the forseeable future.
Sinner-Hurkacz Showdown in Men’s Final
No one could have predicted that the men’s final in the Miami Open 2021 will feature the 19-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner lock horns with his two-time doubles parter, the 24-year-old Hubert Hurkacz.
Neither of the two players have ever reached the final of an ATP 1000 Masters tournament. Moreover, their recent journey in Miami is among the best ones of their young tennis career.
Sinner has moved past the likes of Karen Khachanov, Alexander Bublik, and Roberto Bautista Agut. As for Hurkacz, he has beaten some big names like Denis Shapovalov, Milos Raonic, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Andrey Rublev.
To make things more interesting, both the players have won a singles title each this season.
The final will be played on Sunday at 10:30 pm IST.