Bianca Andreescu advances to the fourth round at the Miami Open

Bianca Andreescu of Canada plays a backhand against Sofia Kenin of the United States in their third round match at Hard Rock Stadium March 26 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Bianca Andreescu of Canada – the 2019 US Open winner – beat 2020 Australian Open winner Sofia Kenin of the United States 6-4, 6-4 in the third round of the Miami Open on Sunday.

Andreescu reached the fourth round of the tournament for the third time. She had seven aces against Kenin’s one and only conceded a double fault once in winning the third straight matchup between the Grand Slam champions. Andreescu converted all three of their break chances.

In other matches, Australian Open winner and world No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus defeated Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-2; and Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic outlasted American Madison Keys 7-6(4), 6-3.

Also, Ekaterina Alexandrova of Russia defeated world No. 9, Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Belinda Bencic of Switzerland, 7-6(8), 6-3; Marketa Vondrousova defeated Karolina Pliskova in an all-Czech duel 6-1, 6-2; Sorana Cirstea of ​​Romania defeated Karolína Muchová of the Czech Republic 7-5, 6-1; and Varvara Gracheva of Russia defeated Magdalena Frech of Poland 6-1, 6-2.

In the men’s game, Botic van de Zandschulp of the Netherlands beat world No. 4 Casper Ruud of Norway 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Van de Zandschulp had 12 aces against Ruud’s 6, but each had three double faults. Van de Zandschulp meets Emil Ruusuvuori from Finland in the next round.

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World number 1 Carlos Alcaraz of Spain beat Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 6-0, 7-6 (5). Alcaraz meets American Tommy Paul on Tuesday.

“Yes, today was a great match, great level. I hope to be able to play at this level on Tuesday,” said Alcaraz. “I lost the first and only match I played against Tommy. I know he’s a really talented and really tough player so I have to do my best. Let’s see what happens on Tuesday.”

Paul and fellow American No. 10 Taylor Fritz advanced in straight sets.

Paul defeated Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain 6-3, 7-5, assisted by eight aces. Fokina had six double faults.

Fritz defeated Denis Shapovalov of Canada 6-4, 6-4. Shapovalov had seven double faults. Fritz meets world No. 8 Holger Rune of Denmark who defeated Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-4 6-2.

“I think it will be a tough game in the round of 16,” said Fritz. “Playing myself against Holger is a very difficult draw. I look forward to playing him. We have never played. I’m not quite sure what to think of his game. Obviously he’s very good.”

Also, Andrey Rublev of Russia defeated Miomir Kecmanović of Serbia 6-1, 6-2.

Source : www.theglobeandmail.com

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