The WTA world number one went through much less in recent times. However, it’s been a long time since anyone has even come close to Ash Barty.
The Japanese has to reach at least the semifinals if she wants to have options and for Barty to be eliminated earlier. If, on the other hand, Barty reaches the semi-finals, Osaka will need to win the title. Should Ash make it all the way to the end, he would extend his stay at the top for one more week.
Who will leave Miami as number one? A contest that few took into account and gives a special color to the women’s tournament.