World No 2 Aryna Sabalenka bowed out of the Miami Open after losing in straight sets to Sorana Cirstea in the quarter-finals.

Sabalenka was beaten 6-4 6-4 in one hour and 27 minutes by Romanian Cirstea, who is 72 places below the second seed in the world rankings.

Playing in only her second Miami quarter-final, three double faults from Sabalenka at crucial moments in the first and second sets proved decisive, while the unseeded Romanian produced a highly composed display to progress to the last four.

Cirstea, who had never beaten a top-three player in her career until Wednesday, will play either No. 18 seed Ekaterina Alexandrova or No. 15 seed Petra Kvitova in the semi-finals.

Alexandrova advanced on Tuesday when Bianca Andreescu suffered a left ankle injury and left the court in a wheelchair. On Wednesday, the 22-year-old Andreescu tweeted that she tore two ligaments in her ankle and will be out indefinitely.

Sorana Cirstea previously defeated No. 4 Caroline Garcia this month at Indian Wells and topped Garcia again in the second round at Miami.

“I think I’m a bit speechless,” Cirstea said. “I came out knowing that it’s going to be a really tough match. Aryna hits so hard, so I knew I had to hold my ground, and I’m very, very happy with my performance today.”

Yesterday’s full schedule wasn’t played due to rain so we’ll have a slightly altered schedule today that includes the match of Carlos Alcaraz which was supposed to be played yesteradday.

We’ll begin at 1 PM local time and it will be native player Christopher Eubanks and Daniil Medvedev. After that match, we’ll see Petra Kvitova and Ekaterina Alexandrova as that match was pushed back to today. Carlos Alcaraz and Taylor Fritz will follow after that with Elena Rybakina and Jessica Pegula coming up after that.

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