MIAMI (AP) — No. 1-ranked Ash Barty gained her second successive Miami Open championship Saturday by beating No. 8-seeded Bianca Andreescu, who was injured when she fell and retired trailing within the second set.

Andreescu, crying and shaking her head, conceded whereas behind 6-3, 4-0.

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She stumbled and went sprawling two video games earlier when she turned her foot awkwardly whereas hitting a forehand. In the course of the ensuing changeover, a coach taped her foot, however she performed solely 5 extra factors earlier than retiring.

“Undoubtedly not the best way I wished to finish the event,” Andreescu stated, “however I’m tremendous grateful nonetheless. I received to the ultimate of considered one of my first tournaments shortly now, and I couldn’t be extra joyful.”

The match was the primary between Barty and Andreescu, and a possible pleasant rivalry looms.

“I hope you get better effectively and this doesn’t hinder your season an excessive amount of,” Barty informed Andreescu throughout the trophy ceremony. “I’m positive we’ll have many extra good and hopefully wholesome matches sooner or later.”

A 20-year-old Canadian, Andreescu has been stricken by accidents in her quick profession, and the event was her first in the USA since she gained the 2019 U.S. Open. The coronavirus pandemic additionally curtailed her schedule.

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Barty, a 24-year-old from Australia, dominated from the beginning of the ultimate along with her sturdy serve and all-court recreation, and Andreescu seemed weary after taking part in three units in every of her earlier 4 matches — all at night time.

Barty was additionally the 2019 Miami champion. The event was canceled final 12 months at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

5 different girls have gained consecutive Miami titles: Stefanie Graf, Monica Seles, Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario, Venus Williams and Serena Williams.

On Sunday, 19-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner will attempt to grow to be the youngest males’s champion in event historical past when he performs No. 26-seeded Hubert Hurkacz of Poland. Every is in search of the largest title of his profession.

Barty, taking part in exterior of Australia for the primary time since February 2020, was one level from defeat in her opening match in opposition to Kristina Kucova. She gained momentum from there and can preserve her No. 1 rating subsequent week.

“It’s a terrific begin for us,” Barty stated. “I’m trying ahead to what’s going to hopefully be a giant season for us, and hopefully we will play some actually good tennis.”

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As a result of the pandemic diminished event income and severely restricted attendance, the champion obtained $300,110, in contrast with the $1.35 million Barty gained in 2019. Solely 750 followers have been allowed on the grounds per session.

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