After 13 months without playing outside of Australia, Ashleigh Barty came back in a big way. While it didn’t go the way she expected, the Australian successfully defended her 2019 title to claim the 10th WTA trophy.
After a first set of great tennis by the world’s number one, the second set was marked by Andreescu’s injury when they were 0-2 and 0-15. There, the Canadian sprained an ankle and after medical attention, she tried but nothing was the same.
At 4-0 in favor of Barty, Andreescu withdrew and allowed him to add the Miami tournament to the triumph in Melbourne as achievements in 2021 to enlarge a history that already accumulates ten titles in singles, including Roland Garros and the WTA Finals in 2019.
Andreescu, who left the Greek Maria Sakkari and the Spanish Sara Sorribes and Garbiñe Muguruza on the way, is on the verge of obtaining his first trophy so far this year to leave behind the hardships he went through in the past, when a Knee injury kept him from the circuit for over a year.
The Canadian shone before that ailment with the triumph in 2019 in three tournaments, including the United States Open.