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Top Seeds Medvedev, Osaka Crash Out Of Miami Open

A photograph mixture of prime seeds Daniil Medvedev and Naomi Osaka. Photo: AFP

 

Top-seeded Daniil Medvedev crashed out of the Miami Open Wednesday on a day of upsets that additionally noticed Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka ousted from the quarter-finals.

Seventh-seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut beat Medvedev 6-4, 6-2, for his third win in as many conferences with the Russian who was runner-up to Novak Djokovic on the Australian Open and ascended to No. 2 on the planet together with his victory at Marseille in March.

Women’s world No. 2 Osaka — seeded second behind top-ranked Ashleigh Barty within the prestigious ATP Masters and WTA hardcourt match — had bowed out hours earlier, the Japanese star’s 23-match successful streak coming to a crashing halt with a 6-0, 6-4 loss to Greece’s Maria Sakkari.

Bautista booked a semi-final showdown with 19-year-old Italian Jannick Sinner, the world No. 31 who beat Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik 7-6 (7/5), 6-4.

Sakkari will face eighth-seeded Canadian Bianca Andreescu for a spot within the girls’s ultimate.

Andreescu, ranked ninth on the planet, clawed out a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory over tenacious 58th-ranked Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo.

Osaka, enjoying her first match since lifting her fourth Grand Slam title on the Australian Open, received simply eight factors within the first set as she did not muster a single winner.

Osaka broke within the second sport of the second set and seized a 3-0 lead earlier than Sakkari roared again for a victory that ended Osaka’s probability of overtaking Australia’s Barty — who had already booked her semi-final spot — atop the world rankings this week.

Osaka acknowledged that the rankings race might have affected her in opposition to Greece’s Twenty fifth-ranked Sakkari.

“The last time I was in this (press conference) seat, I wasn’t really thinking at all about rankings, but someone asked me that question, so then I did start to ponder about it a lot.

“So maybe unwillingly that put pressure on myself. But I feel like even if it did, I should be able to rise above that,” Osaka stated.

Osaka hadn’t dropped a set at love since her final defeat, which got here in February 2020 in a Fed Cup match.

“She has the most wins so far this year so she’s in great form — it meant a lot to me,” stated Sakkari, who let unfastened a scream of pleasure after the ultimate level.

“To be deadly honest, I got a little tight in the first two games of the second set,” stated Sakkari, who had saved six match factors in her fourth-round win over American Jessica Pegula.

“I stayed within myself and started fighting back, hitting a few more balls and winning a few points against her.”

Andreescu outlasts Sorribes

Andreescu, the 2019 US Open champion attempting to work her manner again this 12 months after a 15-month harm absence, broke Sorribes within the ultimate sport of the opening set, launching a run of eight straight service breaks.

Andreescu was irked by a time violation early within the second set, during which Sorribes held serve for the one time within the set for a 5-3 lead — sufficient of an edge to degree the match.

Up a break at 3-2 within the third, Andreescu saved three break factors to carry, broke Sorribes once more solely to drop her personal serve however lastly sealed it with a stinging backhand down the road on her second match level.

“She’s an incredible fighter,” Andreescu stated. “I have no idea how I pushed through, but I fought as hard as I could and I’m super happy.”

Bautista went into his conflict with Medvedev with the arrogance of two prior victories over the Russian, and as soon as once more he had the successful components.

“I want to give Daniil all the credit, I know he is one of the best players in the world,” Bautista stated. “He’s been winning a lot of matches, he’s No. 2 in the world, so I’m very happy and proud about how I played today. I think I showed a great level on the court.”

The Spaniard gained the primary break of a tense opening set for a 5-4 lead, then saved a break level to pocket the set on his second alternative.

He broke Medvedev to open the second set, and the Russian by no means discovered a manner again in, unable to transform two break factors earlier than dropping his serve once more to path 4-1.

Bautista served out the match in no-nonsense model, with a love sport after one hour and 32 minutes.

Against Sinner, he’ll be seeking to avenge a three-set defeat within the third spherical at Dubai.

Sinner dealt with all the things Bublik may throw at him on Wednesday — from a 105mph forehand return to an underhand serve.

In the tip the Italian’s 28 forehand winners have been loads to e-book a semi-final berth in simply his third Masters 1000 look.

 

AFP

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