Ash Barty overcame her real-life dislike of roller-coasters to survive the ups and downs on Monday for a Miami Masters win over Victoria Azarenka, her ninth in a row at the event.
The top seed who has taken some time to find her best game in her first event outside of Australia for more than a year, managed a 6-1, 1-6, 6-2 defeat of her fellow Grand Slam champion
The move into the quarter-finals for the defending champion who won the last edition player here in 2019, was something of a surprise for the Australian.
“I don’t like roller-coasters, dealing with them in tennis is enough for me,” the top seed said.
“The first two sets had big momentum swings. The third was a real tussle with a few points turning out to be pivotal.
“I just tried to execute my game plan and bring the match back onto my racquet.”
Barty needs to reach the final to ensure she stays No. 1 on the WTA list, with Naomi Osaka breathing down her neck.
Barty still feels her two-day trip from Australia – made more complicated by the COVID situation – has left her still struggling to find her complete game.
“I’ve been prepared to play form the first prepared point of the tournament,” she said. “It’s great to be in the quarters of another big event, facing another tough match.
“I’m not paying my best tennis but I’m fighting through.”
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