Aus­tralian Barty beats Pliskova for Mi­ami Open ti­tle

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Sports -

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.

Krisz­tian Nemeth

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.

Hud­der­s­field was

● 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.

Horse rac­ing

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.

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