Ebene News – CA – Andreescu outlasts Sorribes Tormo to reach Miami semi-finals

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Eighth-seeded NonBianca Andreescu fought for another three-set victory in Miami to complete the semifinalist roster

By WTA staff

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Pushed to the limit again at the Miami Open, Bianca Andreescu passed another test with flying colors

In two hours and 36 minutes, the No.8 seed beat Sara Sorribes Tormo in the last of the tournament’s four quarter-final matches, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 – becoming just the third player to beat the fit Spaniard in a third set this year to complete the semi-finalists

“After the first set I was honestly so tired, but we both fought really hard,” Andreescu said on the pitch after the game.

“She’s an amazing fighter I have no idea how I did it, but I fought as hard as I could and I’m super happy”

Andreescu struggled after a 3-0 deficit, double break to seal the opening set, but a streak of seven back-to-back interruptions in the middle of the set saw him go the distance for the third time in four matches this week

In the second set, Sorribes Tormo’s decisive serve came by scoring two consecutive points at 30-30, as a 23-stroke rally ended when a forehand from Andreescu found the net, sealing the match in his favor

The Spaniard was the only player to hold on in the middle set, breaking for a fourth and final time to push the game towards a decider, but lost his serve three times to 2-2 to be ultimately beaten

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Andreescu’s effusive praise for the Spaniard, who will place in the Top 50 thanks to her best performance at a WTA 1000 event, continued in her post-match press conference

“She plays very different from most players on tour She’s hard to play because of that You don’t always get the same pace She gets to a lot of balls That’s what I told her on the net I was, like, ‘Girl you can run you’re crazy’ I told her she was playing amazing and we’re gonna see you alot She just said, ‘Thanks and good luck’

In all, the Canadian hit 42 winners, more than double Sorribes Tormo’s total of 17, but also totaled 42 unforced errors against 21 for the Spaniard The two players combined to take the break serve 17 times in the match in total

“She doesn’t give you any rhythm at all These tall, heavy balls, you have to really generate your own This is a lot of leg power, arm power, you put it all in Because if you give it right , like, a bullet with nothing on it, she’s going to enjoy it, “Andreescu said

“So you always have to generate your own pace It was for sure tiring towards the end of the second set As I’m sure a lot of people could see this Do my best not to show it, but sometimes it is is really difficult, especially in these conditions

“I’ve never played it before It’s hard to really tell how a player plays online rather than actually playing it So I think I was caught off guard just a little I thought his ball would be a little heavier and deeper I feel like I was doing too much at first, but then I figured it out and changed my game plan roughly

“I adjusted And then the match was just super high and low, like at one point she was on fire, then I was on fire, and it just went on like that This could have been one of our matches For me the main today was to fight harder than her I say that a lot but I know she is an amazing fighter so that was the main goal and I did it “

With the victory, Andreescu advances to his second semi-final of the season and third at the WTA 1000 level of his career

She will face Greece’s Maria Sakkari for the first time for a place in the final

“I watched that game a bit She played really well Like, she was just dominating from the start Naomi wasn’t quite there,” Andreescu said

“But she just had a great win I mean, I just had a great win too I’m sure she’s very confident, and I’ve watched her play many times, so I know a little what to expect, but obviously it’s different once I’m out

“I’m just going to have to adjust to what I know now and what I’m going to see on the pitch But I know it’s going to be a battle, and I’m really looking forward to it”

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Ebene News – CA – Andreescu outclasses Sorribes Tormo to reach Miami semi-finals

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