Ukrainian tennis player Elina Svitolina played the WTA Miami Open semifinal fixture against Ashleigh Barty.
The American defeated her opponent in two sets (6:3, 6:3), though the Ukrainian managed to put up a fight with the world's No.1.
“I think [with] Elina, you have to produce your best tennis. Happy with the way we were able to execute today”, Barty said after the event.
According to WTA official website, "Saturday’s final will feature Barty against Bianca Andreescu. The Canadian defeated Maria Sakkari 7-6(7), 3-6, 7-6(4) well after midnight to make her first final since winning the 2019 US Open. It will be the first meeting between the two standout players of the 2019 season".
Offering their own analysis of the match between Svitolina and Barty, the WTA observers wrote the following: "While Svitolina is terrific at redirecting the ball and favors the faster surfaces, Barty likes a slow court. Miami, the players say, is grittier and slower than usual, which means the ball doesn’t bounce quite as high. This helped Barty’s trademark slices stay lower and are more difficult to dig out. This caused all kinds of problems for Svitolina, who came into the match with six career wins over world No.1s".
Earlier, the Ukrainian defeated Anastasia Sevastova from Latvia in the quarterfinal fixture of Miami Open.