TennisSection previews the 2021 Miami Open as Ashleigh Barty (1) meets Bianca Andreescu (8) in the Final on Saturday April 3rd, 2021.
A very exciting Final is in store for tennis fans here at the 2021 Miami Open. Number one seed Ashleigh Barty of Australia will face eighth seeded Canadian Bianca Andreescu in what is set to be a thrilling match. Both player missed the majority of last season and are now seemingly back to their best. Will it be Barty winning her second title of the year? Or can Andreescu cause the minor upset an win her first title since her comeback?
Ashleigh Barty is the number one player in the world in the WTA world rankings. She missed most of the 2020 season due to the COVID -19 pandemic but is having a strong 2021 season thus far. She won the Yarra Valley title in January and is now back in her second Final for the year. The Australian will be very eager to defend her Miami Open title and is considered the favorite here. She was outstanding in her Semi-Final over Elina Svitolina, comfortably winning 6-3, 6-3. Barty was more aggressive than usual during the Semi-Final, hitting 27 winners and dominated her opponent from the baselike with her crafty play. Since she will be a lot fresher than her opponent Bianca Andreescu who had a tough three setter, Ashleigh Barty seems to be the player to beat here in the 2021 Miami Open Final.
Bianca Andreescu has had a rough start to the year as she came back from some horrific knee injuries. However she finally seems to be back at her best here at the 2021 Miami Open, displaying some of her trademark attacking tennis. Her fitness has also been impressive, as it was seemingly the only thing that could keep her back. That fitness will again be tested here in the Final, as she was pushed to the limit in the Semis by Maria Sakkari, narrowly winning 7-6, 4-6, 7-6. Andreescu showed remarkable poise to come back from a set down in that match, and her confidence will be sky-high. She will be backing herself to win this match here against the defending champion Ashleigh Barty but serious questions remain about her fitness, especially after that intense Semi-Final win.
This is sure to be a tremendous Final, with both players in incredible form here at the 2021 Miami Open. The two ladies have never faced each other before on the WTA Tour, and their head to head record stands at 0-0. Both players have contrasting styles, with Bianca Andreescu being a very aggressive baseline player, and Ashleigh Barty a crafty all-courter. I am expecting a very tight battle, with both players capable of victory here. However, I am giving the edge to Barty here. While Andreescu is in fine form, she is coming off a major injury and has been stretched to the limit so far here in Miami. If she gets off to a fast start she is certainly capable of stealing the win but I don’t think that she has enough gas left in the tank to defeat the defending champion. Barty is a very experienced player whose unique style makes her very difficult to face. Ashleigh Barty will win here, defending her title at the 2021 Miami Open
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Ashleigh Barty to win.