Australian Barty beats Pliskova for Miami Open title
Ashleigh Barty had 15 aces and became the 33rd different player to win a title in as many ATP and WTA tournaments this year when she beat Karolina Pliskova 7-6 (1), 6-3 on Saturday in the final of the Miami Open.
The 22-year-old Australian, who was seeded 12th, won her fourth title and the biggest of her career. She improved to 18-3 this year and will rise next week to career-high ranking of No. 9.
Barty won with a dominating serve and wide variety of shots from the baseline, repeatedly extending rallies with scrambling defense. She was broken just once and won 32 of 37 first-serve points.
Barty became the fifth different Miami Open women’s champion in the past five years, and she’s the 14th different WTA titlist in 2019.
Roger Federer could become tennis’ first repeat champion this year when he plays John Isner in the men’s final Sunday. Federer won Dubai early this month.
Revolution get 1st win of season: Jalil Anibaba and Brandon Bye each scored to help New England win its first game of the year, 2-1 over Minnesota United in Foxborough, Mass. New England (1-3-1) had just two combined goals in the previous three games – all losses.
David Ousted had his
first shutout since the 2017 season and the Chicago Fire won their first game of the season with a 1-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls in Bridgeview, Ill.. New York (1-2-1) lost its second straight after falling 1-0 at home to Orlando City.
became the first Hungarian with a hat trick in MLS history, Johnny Russell added two goals and Sporting Kansas City cruised at home past the Montreal Impact 7-1. Sporting KC (2-1-1), which has won two of its last three, won a game in the series for the first time since July 18, 2015.
Carlos Vela capped his
first career MLS hat trick with a curling shot from distance and Los Angeles FC won at the San Jose Earthquakes 5-0. Vela has six goals and three assists in five games this season.
● relegated from the English Premier League with six games remaining, matching the record for earliest demotion. Huddersfield’s fate was sealed by losing at Crystal Palace 2-0, and Burnley and Southampton both winning on Saturday, ending the northern English team’s two-year stay in the top flight.
Maximum Security wins Florida Derby: Maximum Security bolted from the gate and never got caught, going wire-to-wire to win the Florida Derby and earn a spot in the Kentucky Derby.
Unbeaten in four career starts, Maximum Security won easily and held off 70-1 long-shot Bodexpress – a maiden who likely has enough points to get to the Kentucky Derby as well. Code of Honor, the Fountain of Youth winner who was already assured of a trip to Churchill Downs to start the Triple Crown season, was third.
Maximum Security was ridden by Luis Saez and returned $11.60, $ 7.40 and $5.40. Bodexpress paid $47.40 and $16.60 and Code of Honor paid $4.20 to show. It was the first Florida Derby win for trainer Jason Servis, who says the victory “hasn’t hit me yet.”
Ashleigh Barty, of Australia, returns to Carolina Pliskova, of the Czech Republic, during the singles final of the Miami Open tennis tournament, Saturday. Barty won 7-6 (1), 6-3.