MIAMI – Canada’s Bianca Andres is heading to the final of the Miami Open after another three-set victory.
Eighth-seeded Andreas struggled twice in the third set to defeat 23rd-seeded Maria Zachary of Greece 7-6 (7), 3-6, 7-6 (4). : 35am on Friday.
Andrews has won three of his last four matches and six six sets in total. He has gone eight distances in the 11 matches he has played this year.
The Canadian team faces the Ash Party of Australia in the final of the WTA 1000 event on Saturday. In the first semi-final on Thursday, the party defeated No. 5 seed Elena Svitolina of Ukraine 6-3, 6-3.
Andreas finished the chase in the third match point of the tiebreak. He took charge with two consecutive points, 5-2 on Zachary’s serve.
The Canadian made a double mistake for the second time at a crucial point, giving Chakri a break to advance 6-5 in the third set. But Andres broke to the right without dropping a point to send to a decisive tiebreaker.
Thesis Andrescu’s third match in 16 months without a knee injury. After winning three tournaments, including the US Open, she is trying to recapture the turning point of her 2019 season.
Zachary beat Andrews to advance 3-2 in the third set, but was unable to take the lead.
The Canadian tied it at 4-4 with his own break. Chakari ran a shot down to Andres before hitting a width to end the game.
Chakari rallied from a break to win the second set.
As the set continued with a number of unproven errors, Andrews’ stability was reduced, which raised the score to 5-3.
With the first break of the second set Zachary equalized it to 3-3, with a forehand running down to stay in the game before Andrescu was knocked down by some aggressive shots.
Chakari had 10 winners in the second set, eight more than the Canadian.
He saw Andres get into trouble early in the game, but saved two break points to hold the serve, then raised his opponent to 3-1 for the first time.
But she couldn’t take control when she fired a backhand long enough to give her the right interval for her next service game, 33 minutes in Greek it was 4-4.
Zachary would not go away, but Andrescu shot and saved two sets of points.
Andres returned from his 16-month layoff at the Australian Open in February, losing in the second round of the Grand Slam.
The 20-year-old Canadian followed suit by making it to the semifinals of an event in Melbourne for players who were initially knocked out of the Australian Open, but a leg injury there drove her all the way to Miami.
Andrews has been in North America since early 2019, Thursday night, 32-1.
Zakari, 25, ran unbeaten in No. 2 Naomi Osaka’s 23 matches to beat the Japanese 6-0, 6-4 in the quarterfinals.
In her previous match, Zachary struggled with six match points in her win over American Jessica Begula.
Zachary set a career record of 2-9 in the semifinals advancing in the match against Andres.
Four Canadian men have been eliminated in the singles draw.
In the women’s doubles, Gabriel Dabrowski of Ottawa and Giuliana Olmos of Mexico will face No. 8 seed Louisa Stephanie of Brazil and Haley Carter of the United States in the semifinals on Friday.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on April 1, 2021.