World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty defends her Miami Open title after Bianca Andreescu retires injured
- Ashleigh Barty has successfully defended her Miami Open crown
- The Australian beat Bianca Andreescu after her opponent retired injured
- The world’s number 1 admitted that she didn’t want to win the match like that
The number one in the world, Ashleigh Barty, defended her Miami Open title with a victory over Bianca Andreescu, who had to stop injured during the second set in Saturday’s final.
Top division Barty, who himself fought a suspected stomach injury, had taken the opening set 6-3 and then broke the Canadian twice to lead 4-0 in the second.
Andreescu, the eighth seed, had passed over her ankle during match two of the second set and needed treatment from the physiotherapist at the court.
Ashleigh Barty has defended her Miami Open title with a win over Bianca Andreescu
Despite being tied, the problem didn’t resolve itself and the 20-year-old, 2019 US Open champion, couldn’t continue, bursting into tears when she was forced to admit defeat and hand Barty the title.
It was the Australian’s second WTA Tour triumph of 2021 and her 10th career title.
Andreescu’s run to the final is expected to take her three places in the WTA rankings to number six in the world.
Barty admitted it was a somewhat bittersweet victory.
“ It’s never the way you ever want to end a match, especially in a final, ” she said at her post-match press conference, quoted on the WTA Tour website.
The Australian raced to victory in straight sets to win the final in Miami
‘I really feel for Bianca. I think she has 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 they are healthy from now on and that we can both stay on the field and fight for everything we can give. I clearly feel she has to stop today. ‘
Barty added: “I felt like I was playing better and better with every game, and that is ultimately what we are looking for.
“It’s a bonus to have the title at the end, and being able to defend my title for the first time in my career is also very special.”
Andreescu tried to stay positive despite her latest fitness setback, with Miami only her third event in the past two seasons.
The Canadian said: ‘I have seen really tough matches. My body seemed to be fine to this day. I think it was just a freak accident.
“One of my first tournaments in a very long time and I can only say that I am super grateful.”