World No 22 Jelena Ostapenko called the crowd disrespectful and then smiled at them following a Miami Open third-round win over Beatriz Haddad Maia. On Saturday, Ostapenko defeated 14th-ranked Haddad Maia 6-2 4-6 6-3 to progress into the Miami round-of-16.
"Yeah, I am really happy to win today, of course, the crowd was mostly against me, a little bit disrespectful, but thanks guys who were supporting me. I really appreciate it, and yeah, I am just really proud of myself that I was firing.
It felt like a football match today," Ostapenko said while smiling at the crowd.
Jelena Ostapenko calling the crowd disrespectful and then smiling at them right after is such a mood.
This woman can do no wrong. pic.twitter.com/eVFhaEyKln — The Tennis Letter (@TheTennisLetter) March 25, 2023
How Ostapenko defeated Haddad Maia?
The first break points of the match were seen in the third game, when Ostapenko saved two break points to take a 2-1 lead.
After saving two break points, Ostapenko clinched the first break of the match in the fourth game. In the eighth game - when Haddad Maia was serving to stay in the first set - Ostapenko earned her second break and that's how the Latvian won the opener.
After winning the first set, Ostapenko saved three break points in the first game of the second set. Haddad Maia maybe didn't break Ostapenko in the first game but she claimed back-to-back breaks in the third and fifth games for a 4-1 lead in the second set.
Ostapenko managed to get one break back in the sixth game but Haddad Maia again broke the Latvian in the seventh game for a 5-2 lead. Ostapenko still didn't quit as the Latvian got one break back in the eighth game but Haddad Maia managed to serve out for the second set in the 10th game.
After winning the second set, Haddad Maia broke Ostapenko in the first game of the third set and the Brazilian had a 3-1 lead through the first four games of the decider. Then, Ostapenko earned back-to-back breaks in the sixth and eighth games to win five games in a row and complete a three-set win. Ostapenko plays next against Martina Trevisan.