Miami Open 2023: Sabalenka coasts to victory as Andreescu suffers heartbreaking injury

Sabalenka easily qualifies, Andreescu suffers heartbreaking injury in Miami

TENNIS Miami Open 2023: Sabalenka coasts to victory as Andreescu suffers heartbreaking injury

Funmilayo Fameso 06:53 - 28.03.2023

Aryna Sabalenka extends her winning streak, as Bianca Andreescu suffers unbearable injury in Miami.

Aryna Sabalenka's brilliant season continued, displacing Barbora Krejcikova in straight sets of 6-3, 6-2 to book her spot in the Miami Open quarterfinals.

She won the first set with an Ace and saw out the second set, getting another spectacular victory and revenge against the Dubai champion. Krejcikova had little or no answers to the Australian Champion's exceptional play, which flawed her immensely.

Sabalenka's victory is her ninth WTA 1000 win in 2023, moving to 9-2 for the year. The only two to have more wins this year are the two who defeated Sabalenka on the way to tournament wins - Elena Rybakina and Krejcikova.

Sabalenka cruises to Miami Open quarterfinals, extends winning streak to nine
Aryna Sabalenka

She is also through to her 15th WTA 1000 quarterfinal, and won 87.9% of points on her first serve against Krejcikova, the sixth time in eleven WTA 1000 matches in 2023 where she has won 80% or higher.

Andreescu sustains a heartbreaking injury in Miami

Bianca Andreescu sustained a heartbreaking injury in the Round of 16 match with Ekaterina Alexandrova, causing her to retire from the match in the second set.

Alexandrova won the first set 7-6(0), and Andreescu was leading the second 2-0 before she rolled her ankle, causing her to retire. She was heard saying to the doctors, "I've never felt this kind of pain before," and then carried in a wheelchair to a standing ovation from the crowd.

Andreescu suffers severe injury in Miami Round of 16 match
Bianca Andreescu

Andreescu was playing great since the tournament started, defeating Emma Raducanu and Maria Sakkari on her way to the Round of 16, so it's sad to see it come to an end on such heartbreaking note.

Meanwhile, Anastasia Potapova defeated Qinwen Zheng 6-4, 7-6(4) to reach her second WTA 1000 quarterfinal.