Thiago Wild’s historic victory, Bia Haddad’s tears and more: 5 moments from the Miami Open

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After almost two weeks of lots of tennis in Florida, the Miami Open ended this Easter Sunday and delivered a lot of excitement for lovers of the yellow ball.

If there weren’t many chocolates, there was no shortage of great games involving the Brazilian Thiago Seyboth Wild and also gala performances by champion Jannik Sinner.

However, not everything is rosy. Beatriz Haddad Maia, Brazil’s No. 1 tennis player, ended up eliminated in a very bitter defeat and even crying on the court.

To remember how the Masters 1000 and WTA 1000 in Miami went, the ESPN.com.br prepared a list with 5 memorable moments of the tournament held in the United States, the last one before the clay tour.

Thiago Wild’s historic victory

Thiago Seyboth Wild entered the Miami Open qualifier fueled by his victory over ATP top 20 Karen Khachanov in the 2nd round of Indian Wells at the beginning of the month. After two triumphs in Florida, Brazil’s No. 1 in men’s tennis carved out a place in the main draw.

In the 2nd round of the Masters 1000, the Thiago Wild achieved his second biggest victory of his career by eliminating the American Taylor Fritz, number 13 in the world. The feat is only second to the triumph over the then number 3 in the world Daniil Medvedev at Roland Garros last year.

The Paraná native’s victory in Miami was only the 2nd time that a Brazilian managed to eliminate a top 20 player in the men’s singles bracket of the tournament in Florida. The first was Gustavo Kuerten. Guga beat Andre Agassi, then No. 1 in the world, in the semifinals in 2000, when he was runner-up.

After beating Fritz, Wild ended up eliminated by Nicolas Jarry in a duel with a Libertadores atmosphere in the 3rd roundbut equaled the best Brazilian campaign in the men’s singles draw since Thomaz Bellucci in 2014.

Bia Haddad’s crying defeat

Beatriz Haddad Maia, Brazil’s No. 1 in women’s tennis, also reached the 3rd round of the Miami Open, but had a bitter end. The 27-year-old Brazilian was seeded No. 11, but ended eliminated by Katie Boulter in straight sets and didn’t play well in Florida.

Bia Haddad even reached the cry during the game against the British and was unable to impose his aggressive tennis style, which took him to the top 10 tennis players in the world last year.

Even in her debut, in the 2nd round, the number 13 in the WTA ranking had already suffered a shock when she lost the 1st set to Diane Parry, number 54 in the world, but managed to turn the game around despite not showing good tennis. The São Paulo native is not going through a good time and hasn’t had two wins in a row since the beginning of February, when she reached the semifinals of the WTA 500 in Abu Dhabi.

Now, Bia is trying to shake off this bad phase on clay and has received an invitation to compete in the WTA 500 in Charleston this week. The tournament, also played in the United States, is broadcast on ESPN on Star+ and the Brazilian should debut in the 2nd round on Tuesday (02) or Wednesday (03) against the winner of the duel between Americans Caroline Dolehide and Kayla Day.

Sinner is the best at the moment

The person who is experiencing the best moment of his career is Jannik Sinner. The 22-year-old Italian tennis player was the Miami Open champion in the men’s singles and won the second Masters 1000 title of his career, after lifting the trophy in Toronto last year.

More than the cup in Florida, Sinner also reaches the best ranking of his career and will surpass Carlos Alcaraz in 2nd place in the world, behind only Novak Djokovic who did not compete in the tournament in Miami.

The Italian, who won his first Grand Slam at the Australian Open in January, is presenting a formidable level of tennis and defeated great rivals in his campaign at the Miami Open, such as Medvedev in the semifinal and Grigor Dimitrov in the decision.

Sinner has just one defeat this year, when he was beaten by Alcaraz in the Indian Wells semi-final in early March. The Florida champion also won the ATP 500 in Rotterdam, Netherlands, in February. Furthermore, the last player to win the Australian Open and Miami Masters 1000 was Roger Federer in 2017.

With Djokovic without lifting a trophy this year and Alcaraz still without showing his best tennis, there is no doubt that Jannik Sinner is the hottest player on the circuit.

The surprising champion

If Sinner was the big champion in the men’s draw, Danielle Collins was the big winner of the Miami Open women’s draw. The 30-year-old American tennis player defeated five seeds to win her first career WTA 1000 title.

Collins, who entered the competition as world number 53, became the Miami champion with the worst ranking in the history of the tournament in Florida and is considered the big surprise of this edition.

The achievement had a special flavor for the tennis player. Collins, who was born in St. Petersburgh, 430 km from Miami, announced that this will be his last season as a professional tennis player. The early retirement was justified by the tennis player herself who is suffering from a chronic inflammatory disease, rheumatoid arthritis, which affects her ability to get pregnant.

“At the end of the day, it’s a personal decision. There’s a lot more to it than just tennis and my career. I’m enjoying my career and having a lot of fun. I love competing, but it’s a very important decision and it should be understandable. ” He vented his feelings after qualifying for the semi-final.

Dimitrov is back

Another big surprise at the Miami Open was Grigor Dimitrov’s spectacular campaign. The 32-year-old Bulgarian tennis player had already attracted attention in recent months with impressive performances, but his level in Florida exceeded all expectations.

Dimitrov, who was already top 3 in the world in 2017, eliminated big favorites like Alcaraz and Alexander Zverev in his campaign to the final, when he ended up surpassed only by champion Sinner. The Bulgarian, even older, showed that he still has the tennis and energy to compete with the younger generation.

After finishing second in Miami, Grigor returned to the top ten in the rankings, something he hadn’t achieved since 2018. In the meantime, the Bulgarian remained without winning a single title until January 2024, when he won the ATP 250 in Brisbane.

The article is in Portuguese

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