Miami 2021 Final: Ashleigh Barty vs Bianca Andreescu Preview, Head-to-Head & Prediction

Published 04/02/2021, 5:03 AM EDT
Mar 29, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Ashleigh Barty of Australia reacts after winning the first set against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus (not pictured) in the fourth round in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty and Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu have deservedly reached the final of the season’s first WTA 1000 event in Miami. Now, both of them are one step away from being crowned the Miami Open 2021 champion. This win will serve as a boost to both of them as the tennis world moves into the clay-court season soon after. 

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At the beginning of the season, Ashleigh Barty won the Yarra Valley Classic, held in Melbourne prior to the Australian Open. Meanwhile, Bianca has returned to the top of her game after being on the sidelines for a lengthy period. At the end of the 2019 season, she suffered a knee injury, which forced her to stay away from Tour. 

Tennis – Yarra Valley Classic – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 7, 2021 Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in action during her final singles match against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza REUTERS/Kelly Defina

Barty came through a tricky path to reach the final

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To reach the final, Barty beat Ukrainian star Elina Svitolina in straight sets. Prior to that, she beat Belarusian player Aryna Sabalenka in three close-fought sets. Earlier, she had defeated former Grand Slam winner Victoria Azarenka. Those wins may give her an edge over Bianca in the final.

On the other hand, Andreescu knocked out Greek rising star Maria Sakkari in a close contest. In the earlier round, she had come back from a set down to beat two-time Grand Slam winner Garbine Muguruza. During the initial stages, she even overcame a hurdle and beat American tennis player Amanda Anisimova

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2021 Canada’s Bianca Andreescu in action during her second round match against Taiwan’s Su-Wei Hsieh REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

Ashleigh Barty vs Bianca Andreescu: Head-to-Head

The Canadian tennis star will take on the Australian tennis sensation for the first time on Sunday. Since it will be the first time they face each other, it will prove to be an exciting challenge for both of them. Both players may have studied each other’s game, but it will be a different story altogether when they face each other on the tennis courts in person. 

Ashleigh Barty vs Bianca Andreescu: Prediction

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Since Barty has been a champion in 2019, she will have the added edge moving into the final. However, Andreescu has returned to the best of her abilities since she won her first Grand Slam title. The Canadian player will surely not go down without a fight. Therefore, fans will be treated to high-quality tennis. 

Prediction: Ashleigh Barty to win in three sets. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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