Andreescu also stops a Sorribes who took him to the limit

The Canadian, who eliminated Muguruza in the round of 16, needed three sets and more than two and a half hours to overcome the Spaniard, who leaves Miami in the top-50.


Bianca Andreescu, who stopped Garbiñe Muguruza's successful career in the eighth round of the Miami Open, also stopped the no less brilliant inertia of another Spaniard, Sara Sorribes, in the quarterfinals. The two top the season's win table, with 20 and 15 respectively, and have won a title, but they ran into the 20-year-old Canadian and 9th world champion of the 2019 US Open, who has recovered her best level where he likes to play the most, on American soil. Of course, to defeat the Spanish she needed three sets (6-4, 3-6 and 6-3) and two hours and 35 minutes.

"She is an incredible fighter, I don't know where I got the strength from, because she has played incredible," she said about her rival, who had played four long games and resolved in three sets in the US WTA 1,000 (she has won eight, plus than anyone, of that type so far this campaign). Sorribes is leaving Florida, heading for Bogotá, with his head held high, the feeling that he can now compete against anyone and ten places higher in the ranking, at 48. The best of a career that seems to be in full swing at his 24 years. Andreescu will face the Greek Maria Sakkari in the semifinals, who beat the great favorite, Japanese Naomi Osaka.

The game was started by Sara in the best possible way, with a totally unexpected double break that impressed her rival, but did not knock her down. The Ontario team reacted in a champion mode, honed her aim and attacked with that ability she has to jump on top of the ball and generate power. At the same time, I use the left ones well, because he has a very good hand. With this double aspect of the game, he turned a very complicated situation around to score the first set.

The dynamics seemed bad for Sorribes, so he had no choice but to take a step forward, especially with the drive, because with the backhand he had problems. More stuck on the court, the Castellón woman began to execute the blows with more force and intention and continued with her usual variations in a combination that disturbed her opponent. There came a period in which the remains were totally imposed. In fact, the second set started with seven breaks in a row until the Spanish managed to maintain her serve and broke Andreescu's once again. At that time, both left spectacular points for the gallery.

'Drama queen'

Sara equalized the match with a considerable increase in her winners and at the start of the third set she tightened on her serve turns. The second he won even blank. Time was running in her favor, because Bianca looked tired and wanted to avoid more long exchanges by shortening the points. That led her to rush in on occasion and even so, by quality she was the first to take advantage of a break advantage in the outcome (3-2). Very similar to what was seen in her duel against Muguruza, in which when she seemed physically sunk she played at a very high level, with a certain dogging. Not surprisingly, Angelique Kerber called him "drama queen" (drama queen), precisely in Miami. He was also accompanied by luck and a key error by his opponent on a simple volley. There, with 5-2, Sorribes's options were over, who said goodbye after leaving everything he had on the track again.

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