Aryna Sabalenka gets a winning start while Andrey Rublev stunned by Tomas Machac: 2024 Miami Open Day 4 Highlights featuring Coco Gauff, and Paula Badosa

While Gauff and Sabalenka cruised through into the third round, Badosa and Rublev were knocked out.


Aryna Sabalenka gets a winning start while Andrey Rublev stunned by Tomas Machac: 2024 Miami Open Day 4 Highlights featuring Coco Gauff, and Paula Badosa

Coco Gauff, Aryna Sabalenka, Andrey Rublev (Images via Imago)

The fourth day of the main draw at the 2024 Miami Open was affected by rain, as only eight matches could be played and the last session was canceled. 

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Nevertheless, there was plenty of action for the fans to see in the limited number of matches played. The likes of Aryna Sabalenka, Coco Gauff, Paula Badosa, and Andrey Rublev took center stage on Friday.

While Sabalenka had a successful outing as she beat ‘best friend’ Badosa in her second-round match at the Masters tournament, Gauff also sailed through into the third round. Meanwhile, Andrey Rublev had a forgettable outing as the Russian ATP star was ousted by Tomas Machac in straight sets. 

Other notable matches include Emma Navarro registering a win over Storm Hunter and Ugo Humbert beating Botic van de Zandschulp in straight sets.

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Check out the results below.

Men’s Singles Results

WinnerLoserScoreline
Tomas MachacAndrey Rublev6-4, 6-4
Ugo HumbertBotic van de Zandschulp6-4, 6-3

Women’s Singles Results

WinnerLoserScoreline
Coco GauffNadia Podoroska6-1, 6-2
Aryna SabalenkaPaula Badosa6-4, 6-3
Emma NavarroStorm Hunter6-4, 6-3
Ekaterina AlexandrovaDonna Vekic6-3, 6-4
Anastasia PavlyuchenkovaShelby Rogers6-2, 6-1
Oceane DodinArantxa Rus6-4, 3-6, 6-3

2024 Miami Open Day 4 Highlights

Aryna Sabalenka beats Paula Badosa to make a winning start at 2024 Miami Open

Belarusian tennis ace Aryna Sabalenka had no trouble beating her ‘best friend’ Paula Badosa in her first match at the 2024 Miami Open. Despite a good head-to-head record, Badosa could not push Sabalenka to the brink, as she lost in straight sets. 

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Aryna Sabalenka and Paula Badosa
Aryna Sabalenka and Paula Badosa (Image via IMAGO)

The two players fought hard in the opening set, but Sabalenka eventually claimed it 6-4. In the second set, the two-time Grand Slam champion further stamped her authority, winning it 6-3. With this win, Sabalenka took the lead over Badosa in their head-to-head record

Andrey Rublev stunned as Tomas Machac registers first major win

Russian tennis star Andrey Rublev is not having a great time in the 2024 season so far. After defaulting at the Dubai Tennis Championships, Rublev suffered an early exit at the Indian Wells Open. The story repeated itself as the 26-year-old was knocked out of the 2024 Miami Open after a defeat in the second round.

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Andrey Rublev disappointed after a defeat (Image via Imago)

While Rublev had gotten a bye in the first round, he played Tomas Machac in the second round but only to be defeated in straight sets. This was the Czech’s biggest victory of his career, as he was 0-6 against Top 10 players and advanced to the third round of an ATP Masters 1000 for the first time.

Coco Gauff eases past Nadia Podoroska while Emma Navarro books a place in the third round too

It was a good day for the American women’s singles players, as Coco Gauff and Emma Navarro both progressed to the third round on the back of a comfortable win in the second round. While Gauff defeated Nadia Podoroska, Navarro toppled Storm Hunter.

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Coco Gauff recalls her time when she faced Emma Navarro as a 12-year-old after beating her in the semis of the ASB Classic in Auckland.
Coco Gauff and Emma Navarro (Image via Open Source/X)

19-year-old Gauff did not have to work hard to beat Podoroska, as the American ace won the match 6-1, 6-2. Meanwhile, Navarro also showcased her skills, defeating Hunter in straight sets of 6-4 and 6-3. While Navarro will face one of Katie Volynets and Jasmine Paolini, Gauff will meet Oceane Dodin in the third round.

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