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Miami R4: [12] Ash Barty def. [7] Kiki Bertens 4-6 6-3 6-2

Ash now the virtual no. 10 in the world, congrats.

I'm a little disappointed because Kiki played so well for a set and a half but after she missed BP's on Ash's service in the second set the balloon just emptied completely. No more pop on her strokes and serve and Barty could play her game of deep slice to slow down the game and going for the FH when the time was there, which she did excellent again.

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Re: Miami R4: [12] Ash Barty def. [7] Kiki Bertens 4-6 6-3 6-2

Happy for Ash.

As stated earlier in the week i thought she looked sharp Vs Svitolina last week, all parts of her game were firing.

Just the usual choking in important moments Vs Svitolina.

BIG IF but if she can one day get mentally stronger she can achieve more.

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Re: Miami R4: [12] Ash Barty def. [7] Kiki Bertens 4-6 6-3 6-2

So frustrating to see her deflate rater quickly after missing those BPs. It felt like the match was over in a flash, and she had played so well up to that point.

Second time this year she has lost to Ash from a set up. Kiki often uses the slice really well herself but today it was her worst enemy.

Happy for Ash who is rewarded with another solid run in a big tournament. She should be ranked at #10 next week. I'm impressed with her scheduling! Doesn't play much at all yet seems to go pretty deep in almost every tournament.
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Re: Miami R4: [12] Ash Barty def. [7] Kiki Bertens 4-6 6-3 6-2

Kiki . She had control of the match until those break points at 2-all, when she should have converted and then suddenly lost the plot and became a bit of an unforced error machine. All the games and even points were close too, but Kiki kept blowing them and the match turned very quickly.

Barty did not do anything special, but it is impressive how good she has become at winning matches. For all the talk of her mental weakness, she is extremely consistent at showing up for every match these days and taking the chances she gets. She reminds me a bit of a Halep-lite in that sense.

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Re: Miami R4: [12] Ash Barty def. [7] Kiki Bertens 4-6 6-3 6-2

Ash is just a bad matchup for Kiki and is now in her head, which unfortunately for Kiki is often the biggest hurdle.

Still delighted for Ashleigh! Only Wozniacki can realistically stop her from the Top 10 now, so hopefully she can keep pushing forward in the draw and maybe gets a bit of luck. Kvitova/Garcia next will be challenging but she will surely have more chances against Kvitova than in Australia and her win over Garcia in Zhuhai was very solid.

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Re: Miami R4: [12] Ash Barty def. [7] Kiki Bertens 4-6 6-3 6-2

Great comeback from Ash


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Re: Miami R4: [12] Ash Barty def. [7] Kiki Bertens 4-6 6-3 6-2

We see it so many times when a long game is played in which the receiver has many chances to break and fails to do so, they are broken shortly after and lose the set.
Kiki started very well this time and really did look on the brink of wrapping it up in two sets but Ash played big points better in the 2nd.

Ash will play the winner of Garcia/Kvitova (most likely Petra the way things are looking) in the quarterfinals.
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Re: Miami R4: [12] Ash Barty def. [7] Kiki Bertens 4-6 6-3 6-2

I thought Ash would lose this and that Bertens would be too canny for her. Well done Ash.
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Re: Miami R4: [12] Ash Barty def. [7] Kiki Bertens 4-6 6-3 6-2

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Congrats Ash for making the top 10!
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Re: Miami R4: [12] Ash Barty def. [7] Kiki Bertens 4-6 6-3 6-2

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Re: Miami R4: [12] Ash Barty def. [7] Kiki Bertens 4-6 6-3 6-2

Expected three sets but I expected the scoreline to be tighter.

Fine margins for most of the match until Kiki went walkabouts and became an error machine.

Ash's level of consistency deserves more praise, she's reached the R16 or better in every tournament she's played in this season, now virtually in the top 10 where she belongs.
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Re: Miami R4: [12] Ash Barty def. [7] Kiki Bertens 4-6 6-3 6-2

Happy that Ash is finding form, less happy about Bertens seemingly loosing hers somewhat.
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Re: Miami R4: [12] Ash Barty def. [7] Kiki Bertens 4-6 6-3 6-2

Kiki's inside-out FH was leaking.

Nice to see Ashleigh continue on with her solid start to the year. It's been nice, girl, but you gotta start making a push for the next steps.
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Re: Miami R4: [12] Ash Barty def. [7] Kiki Bertens 4-6 6-3 6-2

Congrats to Ash! She's been slowly moving up.
Should make her Top 10 debut, unless Woz or Qiang Wang somehow win Miami..

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