Ash Barty backed up her title from 2019 at the Miami Masters on Saturday, with a 6-3, 4-0 victory as opponent Bianca Andreescu quit injured.
World No.1 Barty who sheltered at home in Australia for a year – playing solely during February’s delayed Australian tennis summer – made a success of her first venture out into the COVID-19 world.
She backed up her trophy in a stadium set up in a parking lot with only 750 fans per day allowed to buy tickets in wide-open, unmasked Florida.
Andreescu was unable to go on trailing 4-0 in the second set; she walked slowly to the sidelines to be consoled by her coaching and fitness team.
Barty now owns 10 career titles after winning her 12th consecutive match here.
2019 US Open champion Andreescu of Canada, who spent a year off the Tour with various injuries, had few chances in the rout which took less than an hour.
Barty broke twice in the opening set while losing her own serve once and then raced away to victory by starting the second set with a 4-0 lead before it all suddenly ended.
The match marked only the second loss from 35 matches played in her native North American for Andreescu since the start of 2019. Andreescu had never faced a reigning world No. 1 opponent
Eight of Andreescu’s 11 matches this season – and four of five here – had gone to three sets.
Main photo:- Ash Barty serving to victory in Miami Final – by Pete Staples/WTATennis.com