Bianca Vanessa Andreescu vs Maria Sakkari
WTA Miami 2021 - Apr, 2nd 2021.
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Are the Glory Days Back for Andreescu?
2019 was a great year for Bianca Andreescu with a string of top tournament victories. A knee injury and the pandemic hindered her career last year. Now the Canadian looks to be getting back to top form and takes on Maria Sakkari for a place in the final of the Miami Open.
Andreescu is the eighth seed for this tournament, 14 ahead of her Greek opponent who beat Naomi Osaka in the last eight. This is only her second appearance in Miami and in a match played to its proper finish, She is yet to lose. The previous appearance saw her knock out two seeds before retiring in her match against Anett Kontaveit.
2020 was a write-off for Andreescu but this year has seen increasing signs of her getting back to her best. The Canadian was knocked out of the Australian Open in the second round. With the French Open on the horizon, Andreescu will out to improve a Grand Slam record that has seen a win in the US Open but not past the second round in the others.
After the loss in Melbourne, Andreesu stayed in Australia for the Phillip Island Trophy and made it to the last four. She chose not to play in either Qatar or Dubai but that absence hasn't affected her game. The third round saw her having to go to three sets to get past 28th seeded Amanda Anismova, losing the second set. A much better performance was shown in the last 16 as she defeated Garbina Muguruza. The first set was lost but Andreescu only lost five games in the next two.
Her quarter final saw the Canadian again have to go to three sets. She again lost the middle set in her victory over Sara Sorribes Tormo. Her last final was the 2019 US Open but there's a very good chance she will make another one here.
Another Sakkari Shock?
Maria Sakkari comes into this match on the back of that shock win over Naomi Osaka. The Greek player only dropped four games in that match, none at all in the first set. This is her best run in this tournament, having previously never making it past the third round. It's her third semi-final of the year but she is yet to get to a final.
Those two semi-final appearances came in Abu Dhabi (with wins over Garbine Muguruza and Sofia Kenin) and the Gippsland Trophy held in Australia. Her form dipped when losing in the first round of the Australian Open. Form last month saw her beat Madison Keys but she's had some tough draws losing to Garbine Muguruza and Barbora Krejcikova.
Her return to America where she's previously won at Indian Wells and the US Open has seen her form improve. Her first couple of matches in this tournament saw just six games dropped. That included beating qualifier Liudmila Samsonova 6-0 6-1. Her opponent had knocked out number ten seed Kiki Bertens in the previous round.
A tougher match was had in the fourth round as she had to go to a third set tie-break to knock out Jessica Pegula. Then came the quarter final when she defeated Naomi Osaka in straight sets. Will she continue that form against Andreescu is the big question. The pair have no previous meetings but despite Sakkari being more experienced, it's her opponent who has had far more success. Andreescu can win this but a three-setter looks likely.