BC-TEN--Miami Open,1st Ld-Writethru
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Ashleigh Barty is finally through to her first Miami Open final.
The 12th-seeded Australian endured three rain delays — one before the match, two more during play — to beat 21st-seeded Anett Kontaveit of Estonia 6-3, 6-3 on Thursday night.
Barty, who will rise to a career-best No. 9 in the world rankings next week, will face either second-seeded Simona Halep or fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova in Saturday’s final.
Halep and Pliskova were scheduled to play later Thursday night. Halep would return to No. 1 in the world with a win in that semifinal.
The Barty-Kontaveit match was scheduled to start at 1 p.m. as the first match on the court built inside Hard Rock Stadium. They didn’t begin play until 2:08, and lasted six minutes before a rain delay stopped matters for more than two hours.
They resumed play at 4:27, finished one more game and went back to the locker room for two more hours because of more rain.
At 7:32 p.m., it ended. Kontaveit fended off one match point with a forehand drop shot, but was ousted by an ace on the following point.