Cirstea stuns Sabalenka to reach Miami Open semi-final

CLIVE BRUNSKILL / Getty Images via AFP

Unseeded Romanian Sorana Cirstea earned the biggest win of her career with a 6-4 6-4 victory over world number two Aryna Sabalenka to reach the Miami Open semi-final.

Cirstea, who has yet to drop a set in Miami and is the last unseeded player in the draw, delivered a stunning performance while taking advantage of some untimely double faults to become only the third person to beat Sabalenka this year.

With the win, the 32-year-old Cirstea reached her second WTA 1000 semi-final nearly 10 years after reaching her first.

"I am a bit speechless," said world number 74 Cirstea. "I came out knowing that it was going to be a really tough match.

"Aryna hits so hard, so I knew I had to hold my ground and I am very, very happy with my performance today and it's a bit unexpected to be honest."

Cirstea will face either Czech 15th seed Petra Kvitova or 18th-seeded Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova in the semis.

On the men's side, a two-hour mid-match rain delay could not cool off sizzling Jannik Sinner, who crushed unseeded Finn Emil Ruusuvuori 6-3 6-1 in their one-sided quarter-final.

The 10th-seeded Italian ripped a backhand return winner to capture the first set and rolled from there to improve to a career 5-0 against Ruusuvuori.

"We both played well today but I won the important points," said Sinner.

"It's never easy when you are up and you get interrupted, but I came back and played well."

Rain washed out Wednesday's remaining matches, including a first meeting between world number one and defending champion Carlos Alcaraz and American Taylor Fritz.

That match will be held during the evening session on Thursday, weather permitting.

More from Sports

Coming Up on Dubai Eye

  • The Agenda

    10:00am - 1:00pm

    Broadcasting every weekday, Georgia Tolley goes beyond the headlines to speak to government ministers, decision makers, analysts and local experts to find out how the news will impact those of us living in the UAE.

  • Entertainment Extra

    1:00pm - 2:00pm


  • UAE Companies Face A 38% Jump In Claims For Petrol Expenses

    A report from Bayzat, an HR software, says that there's been a 38% increase in the amount employees are claiming back in fuel charges.

  • Increase in bag loss

    Airports are facing an increase in baggage mishandling rate as the number of passengers continue to rise. So we asked Nicole Hogg, Product Management Director, Baggage at SITA whether bag loss is a new trend.

  • Could Space Travel Become More Accessible?

    H.E. Ibrahim Al Qassim, Deputy Director General of the UAE Space Agency joined us to explain what it would take for more people to be able to go into space.

On Dubai Eye