Daria Saville’s fantastic run at the Miami Open has come to an abrupt end with Olympic champion Belinda Bencic dominating their quarter-final.
Saville, just the fourth wildcard in the WTA 1000 tournament’s history to reach the last eight, was thoroughly outplayed by Bencic in a 6-1 6-2 defeat for the Australian.
The 22nd-seeded Bencic needed just 69 minutes to advance the last four in Miami for the first time.
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Saville had her serve broken three times in each set while she only converted on one of eight break-point opportunities.
The match’s early games were tight as Bencic broke on her third chance in the opening game and saved five break points against her for a 2-0 advantage.
Saville got back to 2-1 before Bencic reeled off the next straight games in a row.
But Saville stopped the rot when she broke serve before getting back to 4-2, only for Bencic to win eight of the last nine points to seal a comprehensive victory.
Despite the defeat the 28-year-old Saville will leap up the rankings from 249th to world No.122 — having been 627th in mid-February as she embarks on a career renaissance after achilles surgery last year.
World No.28 Bencic, who is yet to face a seeded player in the tournament, has won 48 of the 65 games she’s played in her four matches.
“I’m really happy I reached a great result here,” Bencic said.
“Everything else is a bonus.”
Bencic will play another unseeded player next but former world No.1 Naomi Osaka should pose more than a few problems — although the Swiss ace does hold a 3-0 head-to-head advantage in WTA matches.
Osaka — who hasn’t won a tournament since the 2021 Australian Open — made quick work of Danielle Collins in their last-eight meeting.
The Japanese star romped to a 6-2 6-1 success in just an hour to dispatch Collins, who will still move up a career-high world No.8 ranking.
“I’m glad I was able to get through quickly. I focused on trying to hit a lot of really good returns,” Osaka, who fired 13 aces in the match, said.
Including her remarkable ace count, Osaka struck a total of 25 winners to just three unforced errors against Collins.
Osaka started the event ranked 77th but would finish inside the top 30 if she wins the Miami title.