Barty to play Kontaveit for place in Miami Open final
Ash Barty will take on Anett Kontaveit for the first time in almost five years, with a place in the Miami Open final on the line.
Ash Barty will face 21st seed Anett Kontaveit on Friday morning (AEDT) for a place in the Miami Open final.
Barty has not faced the Estonian in almost five years; in their last meeting, Kontaveit beat the then 18-year-old Barty in three sets in the final round of Wimbledon qualifying in 2014.
“It’s a pretty clean slate. We haven’t played each other in a very long time, haven’t hit much together, (except for) the occasional practice here and there,” Barty said.
“I think Tyz (coach Craig Tyzzer) and I will put our heads together and try and come up with a game plan, and then on the day it’s about coming out and trying to execute it the best that I can.”
This is Kontaveit’s first semifinal of the year, a result that will propel her inside the world’s top 15.
During the Miami Open fortnight she has beaten a succession of talented players, starting with Amanda Anisimova and followed by Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic, Indian Wells champion Bianca Andreescu – albeit via an injury retirement – and then giant-killer Hsieh Su-Wei, who beat Naomi Osaka and Caroline Wozniacki to reach the quarterfinals.
“She’s having a hell of a week … she’s playing some great tennis,” Barty said of the world No.19.
Her win-loss record in 2019 is a sparkling 16-3.
The winner of the Barty-Kontaveit semifinal will meet either No.2 seed Simona Halep or fifth seed Karolina Pliskova, who face off the other semifinal.