Miami Open: Aryna Sabalenka kills a dragonfly with the serve

This episode during the match caught the attention of the Belarusian tennis player and the crowd

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Miami Open: Aryna Sabalenka kills a dragonfly with the serve

Aryna Sabalenka, after losing the final against Elena Rybakina in Indian Wells, qualified to the third round of the Miami Open, thanks to a straight set victory over Shelby Rogers. Now she will face Marie Bouzkova, for a spot in the 4th round of the tournament in Florida.

However, a curious episode during the match caught the attention of the Belarusian tennis player and the crowd. During one moment of play, on the serve, after hitting the ball, she stopped, seeing something strange on her racket. looking at the tool, she realized that there was a dragonfly on her stringbed!

Sabalenka, in batting, had hit the insect that remained then attached to the racket. Sabalenka walked over to the dugout and showed the ball boy everything. After pointing her finger at the poor dragonfly, it fell on the hard court in Miami.

Unfortunately the animal died on the spot, given the violence of the impact with Sabalenka's racket. The ball boy, after picking up the dragonfly, showed it to the camera with an ok sign and then threw it in the waste bin.

The other matches

Carlos Alcaraz beat Facundo Bagnis without any particular problems, in the second round of the Miami Open.

Thus, the 19-year-old begins the path of defense of the title, obtained in 2022, in the best possible way. The world number one is impressive and immediately directs the match, not allowing the Argentine to easily win even a 15.

The South American struggles so much that he closes the first set without breaking free (6-0). The second set opens with three games all to the advantage: Bagnis gives his serve in the opening but finds a flash in the fourth game, winning the counter-break to zero.

The moment lasts very little, because the Spaniard does not break down and repays the opponent with the same coin in the next game. This time Alcaraz defends the break very well, indeed locks it with another. And for the Argentine, with just two games obtained, there is nothing left to do.

Taylor Fritz's adventure in the second Master 1000 of the season gets off to a good start: in the all-US derby, the number 9 seed gets rid of Emilio Nava with very few problems with a score of 6-4, 6-1. Not an easy debut but perfectly overcome by Andrey Rublev: the Russian recovers the first set in extremis, winning it in the tie-break, and in the second he manages to get the better of a tough J.J.

Wolf. There was no shortage of surprises in the women's draw during the day. In the challenge that opened the program on the central, the Greek Maria Sakkari is forced to another marathon match after the first and this time she has to surrender.

After the defeat in the first set, the Canadian Bianca Andreescu doesn't give up and wins with a significant 6-3, 6-4 to qualify for the third round. Also eliminated was the Tunisian Ons Jabeur (fourth seed), still not in the best physical condition, defeated by Varvara Gracheva with a sharp 6-2, 6-2.

Miami Open Aryna Sabalenka