Australia’s world no. 1 has not only confirmed her no. 1 ranking, but she has also defended her Miami Open title won in 2019.
Barty defeated Canada’s Bianca Andreescu 6-3, 4-0, ret,. The world no. 9 rolled her ankle early in the second set. At 0-3 down she had the ankle taped but was not able to continue after falling behind 0-4.
After bursting into tears as she crouched down after losing the game, Andreescu called an end to the final.
Barty became the sixth woman to defend a Miami Open title, joining an illustrious group of players, all-former world no. 1s.
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The Australian started the match with an Ace only to serve a double fault on the next point. Barty would hold to lead 1-0.
In the very next game Andreescu faced her first break point after hitting a shot into the net to fall to 15-40. The Canadian saved the first with a wide Ace.
Barty didn’t need another invitation. After Andreescu came to the net Barty took control of the point after a poor volley from her opponent. A shot hit with authority for a winner sealed the early break.
A love service hold consolidated the break as Barty jumped out to a 3-0 lead.
Andreescu got on the board with a comfortable hold for 3-1.
The Canadian started to find her groove in the next service game taking Barty to a break point after Barty was up 40-15. Andreescu would hit the service return into the net.
After a long rally Barty hit a forehand winner to go to Ad. It was deuce again after a good return from Andreescu rushed Barty and forced an error.
Barty hit a backhand slice into the net to give Andreescu her second break point opportunity. It was converted when Barty pushed a forehand wide.
In the very next game Barty again had two break points at 15-40 after a great angled forehand winner.
Barty wasted the first opportunity when she hit long and the second with a service return into the net.
A third break point was earned after Barty hit a forehand winner that had clipped the net on the way through. This time it was converted with a backhand winner after Barty had drawn her opponent into the net. Barty was ahead 4-2.
Barty was a game away from the first set after a love service hold.
Andreescu would hold to see Barty having to serve for the first set.
It wasn’t easy for Barty as Andreescu worked her way to 15-30 before some good serves helped Barty work her way out. A set point at 40-30 was lost after Barty netted a shot.
An Ace setup a second set point. That was all it took after Barty forced an error from Andreescu after a deep forehand.
Barty straight away had a break point in the next game to open the set after back-to-back unforced errors from the Canadian. It was converted after a double fault.
In the next game Barty held easily to consolidate the early break.
At 15-0 in the next game Andreescu was moving to her right to hit a regulation forehand and she caught her foot on the court and fell to the ground.
After laying still for a short period she got up and continued. She would flex the ankle a bit but wasn’t obviously hampered by the injury at this stage, although she did favour it slightly.
At 3-0 down, Andreescu had her ankle taped and in the next game she decided to withdraw.
The title was defended.
“It’s never the way you ever want to finish a match, particularly in a final,” Barty said in her post-match press conference. “I really do feel for Bianca. I think she’s had such a rough trot with injuries in the past.
“I think that’s going to be one of the first of many battles for us. I just hope from now on they are healthy and we can both stay out on the court and fight for everything that we can give. Obviously I feel for her having to pull out today.”
Barty becomes the sixth woman to defend the Miami Open crown, following in the legendary footsteps of Stefanie Graf (1987-88, 1994-96), Monica Seles (1990-91), Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario (1992-93), Venus Williams (1998-99), and Serena Williams (2002-04, 2007-08, 2013-15). Each of these six players has held the World No.1 ranking.
“They are genuine champions of our sport, legends of our sport,” Barty said, regarding that fact. “I feel very privileged to be mentioned in that sentence, and it’s very cool and something I was unaware of. But I think it’s extremely humbling to be mentioned in the same sentence as those champions, [and] I feel like I’ve got a long, long way to go yet before I can be in discussion with those names.”
“I really fought through very tough matches,” Andreescu said, in her post-match press conference. “My body seemed to be good up until today. I think it was just, like, a freak accident.”
“But other than that, I’m super grateful,” Andreescu added. “One of my first tournaments back in a really long time, and all I can say is that I’m super grateful.”
Barty had come through to win the title after facing a match point in her opening game (second round) against against Kristina Kucova.