The world number one and world number nine will go head to head on Saturday in the Miami Open Final. The defending Miami champion is up against the defending Indian Wells champion from 2019 with the Aussie, Ash Barty looking to become just the second player since the turn of the century to win back to back titles in Florida, the other? Serena Williams in 2003,04 & 05, 07 & 08, 13,14 & 15.
This week we have seen the brilliance of the WTA Tour which round by round has delivered exceptional matches time and time again.
One lady who has performed well throughout the week is Bianca Andreescu. The 20 year old deserves a lot of credit for the way she has played throughout the two weeks, baring in mind she has played just a handful of matches having missed over a year of tennis is commendable.
The Canadian has battled throughout her time in Miami after a straight sets win over Martincova in round one she had to battle hard and won four impressive three set battles on the bounce seeing off:
Anisimova – 7-6 6-7 6-4
Muguruza – 3-6 6-3 6-2
Sorribes Tormo – 6-4 3-6 6-3
Sakkari – 7-6 3-6 7-6
All have been in good form but have ran into the an opponent in Bianca who grinds out results better than most and bounces back well.
On the other side of the court we have Ash Barty.
I love watching Ash play and there haven’t been many players I watch in big matches who give out such a calming and confident aura in their tennis.
Barty’s tennis is just soo calming to watch and well fought out, against Svitolina in the semi-final she set out her stall in the first point of the match. It was like watching a painter at work, whether she is stepping into the forehand and trying to cut across the ball or the backhand slice the whole match was played with precision and the next shot in mind.
They are polar opposites, with the greatest of respect and meant as a compliment the chaos of a rally and a match seems to suit Bianca, the adrenaline pumping and digging deep is sensational to watch her win these titles against the best players.
It will be fascinating to see which way it does go in Miami, both ladies are playing magnificent tennis, earlier on in the piece I praised the way Bianca has played having played next to no tennis over the last year or so but is similar for Ash who didn’t play when tennis resumed in the autumn of 2020 until tennis returned to Melbourne in January.
Saturday will be their first meeting, who will come out on top?