Miami Open 2021: Bianca Andreescu Shocks Garbine Muguruza to Claim Biggest Win Since Comeback

Published 03/29/2021, 11:53 PM EDT
Bianca Andreescu of Canada plays Angelique Kerber of Germany during the women’s final of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu met two-time Grand Slam winner Garbine Muguruza in the Miami Open 2021 Round of 16. The duo upheld the stage with their explosive tennis skills. In the end, the young Canadian got the better of her opponent, winning the match 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

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However, the score doesn’t do justice to what actually went down between the two at the Hard Rock Stadium.

Bianca Andreescu vs Garbine Muguruza: Set 1

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Mar 29, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Garbine Muguruza of Spain hits a forehand against Bianca Andreescu of Canada (not pictured) in the fourth round in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Garbine Muguruza, 27, started with a flawless first game, which included a bolstering ace. Furthermore, to boost her confidence, she dragged the Canadian’s first service game to deuce. At 1-1, 15-15*, the Spaniard set the mood for the match with a delightful winner to close a power-hitting rally.

But the 20-year-old, Bianca Andreescu, also got a pretty great start to the opening set. Although it took her one game to adjust, she came rolling in and leveled the games at 2-2. After that, there was no stopping her from hitting hard.

Chiefly, they are both well-known for putting on aggressive gameplay. While at many times it works wonders, sometimes an all-out attack tends to backfire. That is what happened with the Canadian, who saved a breakpoint at 3-4 but gave away another immediately, enabling the Spaniard to serve for the first set.

To sum up the opening set, Muguruza again displayed sheer discipline and articulation in her game. Deservedly, she earned the lead in the race to the quarterfinal, winning the set 3-6 in 41 minutes.

Andreescu vs Muguruza: Set 2

Bianca started her do-or-die set with more composure and style. Consequently, she held her service game but also failed to do the Spaniard’s service any harm.

At 1-1, the Canadian came closer to her exit at the Miami Open 2021, offering two more breakpoints to Muguruza. However, she barely managed to save them both.

Following that, the steel nerved Muguruza showed the first sign of a crack in her game and lost her serve. This gave the 20-year-old Canadian the relief to play her shots more freely.

Bianca went on to secure a 4-1 lead, but the fairytale did not last long for her. After incredibly saving another two breakpoints at 4-2, she let loose the third and brought the set back on serve.

Despite being under pressure, the Canadian talent showed great courage to stand tall against Muguruza and broke her serve again. At 5-3, Bianca served mightily and leveled the match by winning the set 6-3.

The decider set

The Canadian turned the tables in the final set, getting a break in the first game itself. It also put her in a better position to keep her momentum going on to finish the match from a set down.

Mar 29, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Bianca Andreescu of Canada reaches for a forehand against Garbi–e Muguruza of Spain (not pictured) in the fourth round in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Further ahead, Bianca even managed to keep the resilient Muguruza at bay and sat comfortably with a 2-0. From then on, it was Bianca’s party in Miami as everything she hit turned into a winner.

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Trailing at 4-0, the Spaniard needed something special to recover the two breaks from the 20-year-old. But clearly, it was Bianca’s day through and through after the opening set.

Eventually, the Canadian served for the match and registered her biggest win since her comeback, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. Moreover, to beat the in-form Muguruza from a set down must have meant quite a great deal.

Next up, Bianca will meet another Spaniard, Sara Sorribes Tormo, in the quarterfinals. Who do you think will win the Miami Open 2021 title?

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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