Canada’s Dabrowski, doubles partner Routliffe advance to Miami Open semifinals

Ottawa’s Gabriela Dabrowski and doubles partner Erin Routliffe of New Zealand reached the Miami Open semifinals with a three-set win Wednesday over Sloane Stephens and Ashlyn Krueger of the United States.

Second-seeded Dabrowski and Routliffe outlasted the American duo 6-3, 4-6, 10-4 by dominating in first service points won and first return points won.

Dabrowski and Routliffe, who are the reigning U.S. Open champions, are aiming for their first title of 2024.

They’ll face Alycia Parks and Asia Muhammad of the U.S. in the semifinal of the hardcourt tournament.

Muhammad and Ena Shibahara of Japan upset Dabrowski and Routliffe in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., earlier this month.

Australian Open champion Jannik Sinner won his 20th match of 2024 to reach the Miami Open semifinals for the third time in the past four years with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Tomas Machac on Wednesday.

Sinner, seeded second, will take on either No. 3 seed Daniil Medvedev or No. 22 seed Nicolas Jarry, who play later.

Sinner reached his fourth final four of the season and moved to 20-1 overall. He reached the finals of this event in 2021 and 2023, losing both times.

Sinner continued his fabulous run, breaking his opponent’s serve four times, to move on to the next round.

Alexandrova takes down Pegula

On the women’s side, 14th-seeded Ekaterina Alexandrova followed up her win over No. 1 seed Iga Swiatek with another top-10 victory, taking down No. 5 seed Jessica Pegula 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. Alexandrova earned her first trip to a Miami Open semifinal.

Alexandrova will face Danielle Collins, who defeated No. 23 seed Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-2.

Collins will play in the Miami semifinal round on Thursday for the first time since she made it as a qualifier six years ago.

Garcia had come off consecutive wins over Grand Slam champions Naomi Osaki and Coco Gauff. But the run fizzled out against Collins, who has won 10 of 11 sets in this tournament and needed just 80 minutes to advance.

Collins moved to 4-0 in her career against Garcia, who never had a break point in the match.

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