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    Cirstea Upsets Sabalenka to Reach Miami Open Semifinal

    Unseeded Romanian Sorana Cirstea shocked the world No. 2 and Australian Open champion, Aryna Sabalenka, with a straight-set 6-4 6-4 victory in the Miami Open quarterfinals. Cirstea, who is yet to drop a set in Miami and is the only unseeded player in the draw, produced an outstanding performance, taking advantage of some untimely double faults from Sabalenka to become only the third person to beat her this year.

    This is a significant victory for Cirstea, as it is the biggest win of her career, and it has taken her to her second WTA 1000 semi-final almost ten years after reaching her first. After the match, the 32-year-old Romanian expressed her excitement, saying, “I am a bit speechless. 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 broke Sabalenka’s serve to start the match, but Sabalenka quickly bounced back, dropping just three points across her next three service games before breaking the Romanian to draw level at 4-4. However, Cirstea held firm against Sabalenka’s power, broke her right back, and sealed the first set with an ace.

    In the second set, Cirstea broke Sabalenka’s serve again when she double-faulted at 30-40 and then held to love for a 2-0 lead. Sabalenka briefly turned up the heat, but she squandered a break point chance while leading 3-2 and double-faulted while facing a break point in the next game, allowing Cirstea to go ahead 4-3 and never look back. When serving for the match, Cirstea fell behind 0-30 but held steady and saved two break points before finally sealing the win when Sabalenka sent a forehand return long.

    Cirstea’s opponent in the semi-finals will be either Czech 15th seed Petra Kvitova or 18th-seeded Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova.

    On the men’s side, Italian Jannik Sinner dominated unseeded Finn Emil Ruusuvuori 6-3 6-1 in their one-sided quarterfinal. Despite a two-hour mid-match rain delay, Sinner remained unfazed and took control of the match. “We both played well today, but I won the important points,” said Sinner.

    The remaining matches scheduled for Wednesday were washed out due to rain, including a first-time meeting between world No. 1 and defending champion Carlos Alcaraz and American Taylor Fritz. The match was postponed to the evening session on Thursday, weather permitting.

    In conclusion, Sorana Cirstea’s victory over Aryna Sabalenka was a stunning upset, and it has taken her to her second WTA 1000 semifinal almost ten years after reaching her first. She produced an outstanding performance while taking advantage of some untimely double faults from Sabalenka to become only the third person to beat her this year. The remaining matches were postponed to Thursday due to rain, and fans are eagerly waiting for the semi-finals.

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