Barty, Osaka, Svitolina ... the favorites do not fail in the second round

The tournament seeds Barty (1), Osaka (2), Svitolina (5) and Sabalenka (7) passed without excessive problems. Sevastova beat Konjuh.

The Australian Ashleigh Barty, world number 1, took a new step to revalidate the title of champion of the WTA 1,000 in Miami that she already won last year, after becoming the first player to reach the quarterfinals by winning by 6 -1, 1-6 and 6-2 to the Belarusian Victoria Azarenka. It was not easy for the Australian player, who after winning clearly 6-1 in the first round, was forced to play the third and final set, after giving up the second set by a no less forceful 1-6.

However, Barty, who already won the Melbourne tournament this year, asserted his status as world number one, against an Azarenka, who refused to leave one of his favorite tournaments, as witnessed by the three triumphs of the Belarusian in Miami .

The Australian player will face Aryna Sabalenka in the quarterfinals, who certified her qualification for the quarterfinals of the WTA 1,000 in Miami, in which she will face the world number one, the Australian Ashleigh Barty, by winning this Monday by 6-1 and 6-2 to the Czech Marketa Vondrousova. Sabalenka, who this year already has the victory in the Abu Dhabi tournament, did not give the slightest option to the Czech tennis player, which she beat in just over an hour of play.Svitolina reaches the quarterfinals

The Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, world number 5, certified her classification for the quarterfinals of the WTA 1,000 in Miami, after beating the Czech Petra Kvitova this Monday, 2-6, 7-5 and 7-5 . An intense battle of almost two and a half hours that ended up falling on the side of the Ukrainian, after an exciting third set in which up to seven service breaks were experienced.

If Svitolina was 0-3, after breaking the Czech player's serve on two consecutive occasions in the first three games of the third set, Kvitova called her with the same coin in the next three games to equalize the score 3- 3. A dynamic of breaks and counter-breaks that lasted in the following games, in which Svitolina once again broke the service of her rival (5-6) .

A whole blow for the player who checks, who could not prevent Elina Svitolina from finally rising with the victory (5-7) in the third set and the match. The Ukrainian tennis player will face Anastasija Sevastova in the quarterfinals. The Latvian fulfilled the predictions and sealed her classification after beating Croatian Ana Konjuh 6-1, 7-5 on Monday. Sevastova, number 57 in the world, asserted the difference in "ranking" with the Croatian player, number 338 in the world ranking, especially in the first round, which the Latvian scored by a clear 6-1. Much more even was the second set, in which both players continuously broke their serve, a lack of solidity from which Sevastova was better able to recover, which ended up winning the victory 7-5.

Osaka defeats Mertens

Japan's Naomi Osaka, world number 2, sealed her qualification for the quarterfinals of the Miami tournament by beating Belgian Elise Mertens 6-3 and 6-3 on Monday, in a match conditioned by injury that the European suffered in the second sleeve. A right shoulder ailment that forced Mertens, world number 17, to retire to the locker room to be treated by physiotherapists when he led 3-2 in the second set.

The interruption did not serve to solve the physical problems of the Belgian, who since her return to the track did not manage to add a single game. Osaka, winner of the last Australian Open, had eleven consecutive points that allowed her to take a 3-5 lead on the scoreboard.

The difference is that Mertens, despite being physically somewhat better in the last game, could not play against the aggressive game of the Japanese, who was seeking to reach the quarterfinals in the Miami tournament for the first time in her career. Naomi Osaka will face the winner of the match between American Jessica Pegula and Greek Maria Sakkari.

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