Ash Barty had to steel herself as Miami Masters finals opponent Bianca Andreescu was forced to quit with a foot injury on Saturday, handing the Australian a 6-3, 4-0 victory.
“I hope you recover well and this doesn’t hinder your season too much,” Barty said after winning her 13th match from her last 16 against Top 10 opponents.
The Australian who sat out all of the 2020 pandemic season in Queensland called the Canadian’s second-set retirement “heartbreaking.”
“That’s never the way you want to finish a match, I feel for her. She’s had a rough trot with injuries in the past (multiple problems since winning the 2019 US Open)
“But hopefully this was the first of many battles between us.”
The Australian called conditions on the temporary court “blustery,” adding: It’s hard to get a true indication of how we match up. It was the first time I’ve played or even hit with her.
“Conditions were brutal, but it was nice to find the way through in the end.
“Anytime you see someone crippled with injury it’s never nice. I hope it doesn’t hinder her season.”
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