Miami Open: Sorana Cirstea beats Aryna Sabalenka, the Highlights

The Romanian gets the pass for the semifinals with a double 6-4 and slows down the approach march of the Belarusian towards the number one Iga Swiatek

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Miami Open: Sorana Cirstea beats Aryna Sabalenka, the Highlights

In the Miami Open 2023 women's tournament, only the match between Ekaterina Alexandrova and Petra Kvitova has to be played. The other quarter of the day saw a big surprise. The number two in the world Aryna Sabalenka was eliminated.

This is a surprise exit against the Romanian Sorana Cirstea, who was at ease on the courts of Miami Hard Rock Stadium. The Romanian gets the pass for the semifinals with a double 6-4 and slows down the approach march of the Belarusian towards the number one Iga Swiatek.

below the highlights:

Sinner reached the semifinal

Jannik Sinner is the only tennis player to reach the semifinals on the night. The other quarter-finals, in fact, were postponed due to the rain and were postponed to the next day.

Sinner beats Emiil Ruusuvuori in the quarterfinals of the 2023 Miami Open, and reaches the second consecutive ATP Masters 1000 semifinal. The third in my career. Thanks to a very solid performance, the Italian talent completely overturns the hierarchies compared to twelve months ago and from a rather privileged position he is waiting for an opponent already faced in California, who will emerge from the match between Taylor Fritz and Carlos Alcaraz.

Frankly, the 6-3 6-1 final leaves little room for interpretation, topped off with a break due to rain that does not affect Sinner in a way. Winning, among other things, would allow him to strongly approach the eighth box of the ranking.

Despite some shortcomings with the first ball and a decidedly more fluctuating performance from the baseline compared to the challenges with Dimitrov and Rublev, the blue talent makes up for the lack of brilliance in an extraordinary way during the first set against Ruusuvuori.

Sinner, who squanders a 0-30 situation in the third game with two rather gross errors in the setting phase, pays for a pinch of inaccuracy in the immediately following game and needs the first ball to be rescued to cancel a break point at 30-40.

Ruusuvuori, who ignoring a few flashes with his backhand plays a game absolutely out of his comfort zone, leaves his service at 2-2 and can no longer find weapons good enough to return. On the contrary. He lets himself be overwhelmed by the Italian tennis player, even at 3-5.

Things didn't change even during the second set. The rain didn't change the plans of the blue talent in any way, who momentarily stopped at 2-0 and who on returning to the field won four of the next five games without particular difficulties.

Sorana Cirstea Aryna Sabalenka Iga Swiatek
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