Bianca Vanessa Andreescu vs Sara Sorribes Tormo
WTA Miami 2021 - Apr, 1st 2021.
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Tormo Out to Cause Another Shock
Women's singles tournaments regularly include a suprise quarter finalist. This time it's Sara Sorribes Tormo who is ranked 57th in the world. The Spaniard takes on eighth seeded Bianca Andreescu in the last eight of the Miami Open.
Tormo has certainly been a surprise in this tournament. The Spaniard has never made it past the second round of any Grand Slam event. Only once before has she been in the main draw of this tournament. That was in 2019 (the last time this event was held), losing to Donna Vekic in straight sets.
This time last year, she was ranked 83rd in the world, so it's been a good past 12 months for the Spaniard. Like a few Spanish players, Tormo is strong on clay courts. Last year saw her win an ITF tournament in France, though no top 100 ranked players were beaten.
Her 2021 began with a quarter final in Abu Dhabi but she had a rather forgettable Australian Open. Tormo lost in the first round to Daria Gavrilova who was ranked 387 at the time. March has been a good month for her though winning a tournament in Mexico defeating Eugenie Bouchard in the final. Her next tournament was also in that country and this time she reached the semi-finals.
Her good form has continued in this much more prestigious event. Tormo has certainly been on court a fair while with all four matches so far going to three sets. There have been big wins over seeds Jennifer Brady (13), Elena Rybakina (21) and Ons Jabeur (27). Now she takes on eighth seeded Bianca Andreescu, looking for only her second win over a top ten ranked player. The previous win was over Naomi Osaka on clay in the 2020 Federation Cup.
Andreescu Back in Form
Bianca Andreescu is the world number nine but seeded eighth in this tournament. Her only previous appearance in Miami saw her reach the fourth round in 2019. Andreescu lost to Anett Kontaveit, retiring due to injury in the second set after winning just one game.
Her career is still dominated by her performances in 2019. That year saw her win in Indian Wells, the Canadian Open and the US Open. The Canadian has only played in the main draw of four Grand Slam events and not made it past the second round in any others.
A mixture of a knee injury and the pandemic saw her not play in 2020. This year saw her lose in the second round of the Australian Open.
Andreescu had more success in the Phillip Island Trophy held in Melbourne. She made it to the last four before losing to Marie Bouzkova. That was in mid-February and this is her first tournament since then.
The rest seems to have done her some good with two seeds beaten so far. The third round saw her defeat 28th seeded Amanda Anisimova in three sets (middle set lost) with both the first two sets going to tie-breaks. A much more difficult task lay ahead of her in the last 16. Her opponent was recent Dubai winner Garbine Muguruza and the first set was lost. Andreescu only lost five games in the next two sets to make it to the last eight for the first time.
Andreescu is the worthy favourite for this match. Her opponent is playing well but has never beaten a top ten player on a hard court. Go for Andreescu to win, a bet on a tie-break also looks worth making.