TennisSection previews the 2021 WTA Miami Open as Ashleigh Barty (1) meets Aryna Sabalenka (7) in the Quarter-finals on Tuesday, March 30th, 2021.
Will Aryna Sabalenka continue to dominate her matches here at the 2021 Miami Open as she looks to cause the upset against the World No.1 here in the Quarter-finals? Will Ashleigh Barty continue to slowly but surely get her game back up to speed as she looks to defend her 2019 Miami Open title? Both players have been in good form here in Miami, but only one will make their way through to the Semi-finals. Who will it be?
Aryna Sabalenka cruised through her Fourth Round match, beating Marketa Vondrousova in straight sets 6-1/6-2. Aryna Sabalenka is a great player both in the singles and in the doubles circuit, but she has made it clear that in 2021 she will be focusing much more on her singles career. I am sure that this is a very solid move for her as she is one of the toughest opponents to beat in singles, and if she is dedicating all of her resources to improving her game there, she will definitely win some big titles this year. Sabalenka will be both confident and wary coming into this match against Ashleigh Barty as she knows that it can go either way, depending on how Barty plays.
Ashleigh Barty came through a very tight 3-set encounter in the Fourth Round, beating the very experienced Victoria Azarenka 6-1/1-6/6-2. Ashleigh Barty is still not on top of her game, but she has been able to get herself through some very tight matches as she looks to get herself back to her best, and retain her title here at the Miami Open. Barty has a great all round game, but she still has some way to go, and she will be very wary of her opponent in the Quarter-finals in Aryna Sabalenka who is at her best here in Miami. How will the World No.1 fare against a player who has been in much better form all of 2021?
Ashleigh Barty and Aryna Sabalenka have met 5 times before, with Aryna Sabalenka leading the head to head 3-2. Although Ashleigh Barty enters this match as both the World No.1 and the defending champion here in Miami, I do not see her having the game to keep up with such an in form Aryna Sabalenka. Sabalenka has played great all week, and she is very confident when she comes up against Ashleigh. I see this being a tight one as both players will put it all on the line here, but at the end of the day, the power, speed, and accuracy of Aryna Sabalenka will allow her to edge the match and make her way to the Semi-finals of the 2021 Miami Open.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Aryna Sabalenka to Win.