Ashleigh Barty, top seed at the Miami Open 2021 will face the seventh seeded Belarusian, Aryna Sabalenka in the quarterfinal clash on Tuesday. Barty is the world number one in the WTA Rankings, whereas, Sabalenka is ranked just inside the top 10 on the eighth spot. Both players have done well to get thus far in the tournament and would love to get their hands on title.
- Tournament: WTA Miami Open 2021
- Match: Ashleigh Barty vs Aryna Sabalenka
- Round: Quarter-Final
- Date: 3oth March, 2021
- Prize Money: $61,000
- Venue: Miami, Florida
- Surface: Outdoor Hard Court
Ashleigh Barty vs Aryna Sabalenka: Match Preview
Ashleigh Barty received a bye in the first round by virtue of being the top seed. In the second round, she defeated Kristina Kucova in a tough three set battle. The top seed defeated French Open 2017 champion, Jelena Ostapenko in straight sets in the third round. She had to toil hard to grind out a three set victory against the two time Grandslam champion and the 14th seed, Victoria Azarenka.
Aryna Sabalenka also received a bye in the first round. She defeated Tvsetana Pironkova in the second round in three sets. She had to make a comeback from a set down as she clinched the match in the last set tiebreaker. The seventh seed brushed aside Veronika Kudermetova in straight sets in the third round. She was even more impressive in the fourth round as she defeated Marketa Vondrousova in straight sets, dropping just three games.
Ashleigh Barty vs Aryna Sabalenka: Head-to-Head
The duo have faced against each other on five occasions, with Sabalenka just having the edge as she leads the head to head encounter 3-2. They first faced against each other at the 2018 Australian Open, where Barty won in three sets. Their last meeting was at the Wuhan Open in 2019 where Sabalenka won in straight sets.
Ashleigh Barty vs Aryna Sabalenka: Match Prediction
The quarterfinal clash between the duo promises to be a thriller. Ashleigh Barty returned from a long injury this year, and is still in the process of finding her best form. She suffered a couple of early exits from the Australian Open and the Adelaide Open 2021. On the other hand, Aryna Sabalenka ended last season on a high, winning consecutive titles, but has failed to win a title so far this season. The match is expected to be a three set affair, with Sabalenka just having the edge over the Australian.
Match Prediction: Aryna Sabalenka to win in three sets