The 2021 Miami Open is now in its final stages with the final few rounds set to be played over the weekend. Let’s take a quick look at what’s going in the men’s and women’s halves.
Medvedev out, Sinner enjoying career-best run
In the men’s half, the 19-year-old Jannik Sinner is emerging as the dark horse after reaching the semifinal in Miami. The 21st seeded Italian has benefited from the early exit of Alexander Zverev. Having avoided him, he has beaten the likes of Emil Ruusuvuori and Alexander Bublik.
This performance will likely see the teenager propelled into the top 20.
Meanwhile, top seed Daniil Medvedev crashed out after losing to Roberto Bautista Agut in straight sets in the quarterfinal. His exit means we will see a new ATP 1000 Masters Champion, seeing that there is no one left in the field who has previously won the title.
In the opposite bracket, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev are on a collision course to meet in the semis. Tennis betting has pegged as favourites to win their respective quarterfinal matches.
Andreescu back in the groove, Barty-Svitolina set semifinal showdown
In what seems to be the show of the youngsters, the 20-year-old Bianca Andreescu has reached the semis in Miami – her first such appearance since winning the US Open in 2019.
Having sat out the 2020 season, the Canadian started the current season in Australia where she had a rather average run. Over here, however, she has been superb with wins over Amanda Anisimova, Garbine Mugurza, and Sara Sorribes Tormo.
She will face Maria Sakkari in the quarterfinal, who has just beaten World No. 2 Naomi Osaka in the quarterfinal.
Osaka’s exit means Ashleigh Barty will retain the No. 1 rankings on the WTA Tour. She has been nothing but brilliant with wins over Victoria Azarenka, Jelena Ostapenko, and Aryna Sabalenka.
Her quarterfinal opponent is Elina Svitolina, who reached the first semifinal of the season. Her journey in Miami included wins against Petra Kvitova and Anastasija Sevastova. Moreover, the Ukrainian holds a 5-1 lead over Barty in the head-to-head tally, making her a heavy favourite to win the match and reach the final.