It has been a fascinating couple of weeks of tennis down at the Hard Rock Stadium in Florida. High profile names were missing but that did not put a damper on proceedings at one of the biggest events on the WTA and ATP tours but what happened?
A big week for World No.1 Ash Barty which I do hope has to put to bed a lot of talk that she is not a worthy number one which is utter nonsense.
Throughout the two weeks I have loved watching Ash play, she brings a calmness to the court even in big moments and the variety she has and when to utilise her different shots is second to none!
It is her second title of the year following her win in Melbourne and having not played much this last year it is a great achievement and keeps her at World number one for more time!
Seb Korda impresses on Miami debut!
Another week of tennis where Sebastian Korda has impressed. It is quite impressive that despite all the disruptions over the last 12 months that we have seen the 20 year old go from outside 220 in the world to top 65 and he missed the Australian Open.
Not only did he win his first top 10 match but won his second a couple of days later against Diego Schwartzman. His composure on the court is exceptional and throw in such a strong backhand it is a delight to watch him play tennis.
The only way is up for Seb who made the final eight in Miami having made the fourth round in Roland Garros last year. It will be fascinating to see what happens over the course of the year and will be one to keep an eye on in Milan at the NextGen Finals.
Sinner was almost the winner…
The Italian is a fascinating player to watch. Match by match and tournament by tournament he gets better and better and the question is how good can he become?
His rise up the rankings has been exceptional, his athleticism around the court is Djokovic like and I believe could become one of the games greatest movers. He has played 70 matches on the tour but is oozing this confidence in his game.
This year in particular he’s winning big moments. He’s won 10 of his 12 tie-breaks played this year and off both his forehand and backhand continues to go from strength to strength.
He produced this unbelievable rally against Khachanov and in a later match against Bublik he called the Italian “not human” as he congratulated him at the net.
He made it to the final and lost to Hubert Hurkacz in the final but he has certainly continued his good form this year and is in a good position on the race to Turin.
Hubert Hurkacz becomes first Polish player to win a Masters 1000
A stand-out week from Hubi Hurkacz ended in the 24 year old winning a surprising but totally deserved Masters 1000 title down in Miami where he was just making his second appearance.
It was quite the run from Hurkacz despite all the missing players from Miami he certainly had to work extremely hard with previous or current top ten members and an ever improving Jannik Sinner standing in his way at the end but came through round by round!
R2 – 6-3 7-6 vs Shapovalov
R3 – 4-6 6-3 7-6 vs Raonic
QF – 2-6 6-3 6-4 vs Tsitsipas
SF – 6-3 6-4 vs Rublev
F – 7-6 6-4 vs Sinner
Who else impressed?
It was good to see Bianca Andreescu back in a major final after soo long out injured. The concern on the back of Miami is the right ankle injury which saw her retire against Ash down 3-6 0-4 in the final. The Canadian rolled on her ankle during the third game of the second set and then a game later and after a medical time out opted to pull out and I do hope she is ok and will be back on the court soon!
Maria Sakkari has also been in good form and it is a good sign to see ahed of the clay court season where I would consider her a big threat. Maria of course bageled Naomi Osaka in a straight sets win and fought hard in a 6-7 6-4 6-7 defeat to Bianca Andreescu.
A Spaniard also had a very good week in Miami and that was Sara Sorribes Tormo. The 24 year old who had never made it past a Grand Slam or WTA 1000 second round in 23 appearances made it all the way to the final eight in Miami. Sara saw off Jennifer Brady, Elena Rybakina and Ons Jabeur before falling in three sets to Bianca Andreescu.
Save the date…
On Saturday whilst the women’s final was edging towards its conclusion there was a big announcement in the tennis world.
Despite announcing a split on social media around 6 weeks ago, Gael Monfils and Elina Svitolina have confirmed they are due to get married in July!