2021 Miami Open Women’s Final – Ashleigh Barty vs Bianca Andreescu Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

Where is Ashleigh Barty vs Bianca Andreescu taking place? Miami Gardens, Florida, USA

When is Ashleigh Barty vs Bianca Andreescu on and what time does it start? Saturday 3rd April, 2021 – not before 18:00 (UK)

What surface is Ashleigh Barty vs Bianca Andreescu being played on? Hard (outdoor)

Where can I get tickets for Ashleigh Barty vs Bianca Andreescu? Visit this link for the latest ticket information

What channel is Ashleigh Barty vs Bianca Andreescu on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Ashleigh Barty vs Bianca Andreescu? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match live via their platform. Subscribers of Tennis TV can also stream the match live

THE LOWDOWN

ASHLEIGH BARTY

  • · Defending Miami Open champion from 2019 Ashleigh Barty overcame the world number five Elina Svitolina in a cool straight-sets performance on Thursday to reach her second tour final this season.
  • · The 24-year-old Aussie will stay world number one no matter what happens here after chasing world number two Naomi Osaka was knocked out of the quarter-finals by Maria Sakkari.

BIANCA ANDREESCU

  • World number nine Bianca Andreescu is through to a Masters final in just her third tournament back on tour for over a year due to injury issues and the covid-19 pandemic.
  • The Canadian won the US Open as a teenager in 2019, overcoming Serena Williams in straight sets just a week after winning her second Masters title in Toronto via a walkover against Williams.

THE PREDICTION

A first career meeting in a final is always a special occasion and with limited fans allowed in on Grandstand this should be a real tonic for the times between Ashleigh Barty and Bianca Andreescu. Both players are Grand Slam champions, Barty winning the 2019 Roland-Garros in the same year that Andreescu won the US Open, and both have won a Masters event with Barty defending her 2019 Miami Open title here. Barty’s semi-final against Elina Svitolina should fill her with confidence ahead of this and she will certainly be the less fatigued of the two having spent hours less on court than her opponent. However, Andreescu loves the fight and won her fourth-straight three-set match at the Miami Open in an incredible showdown with Maria Sakkari. Both of these players are already very much part of an exciting new generation of players making the Women’s side of the sport a wholly more competitive arena and without a previous encounter this match is a wonderful experiment to behold. Andreescu’s record here suggests that three sets should be needed and that is the most reasonable, sensible option to take. If forced, the Canadian has looked the better player this fortnight but Barty has pedigree and an extra gear in her game we have yet to see so three sets so calling a winner looks too close for comfort.

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