March 29, 2019 / 12:42 AM / 24 days ago

Tennis - Barty waits out rain to reach Miami final

FILE PHOTO: Mar 28, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Ashleigh Barty of Australia returns a shot back to Anett Kontaveit of Estonia (not pictured) during the womanÕs semi-finals at the Miami Open Tennis Complex. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) - Australia’s Ashleigh Barty had to endure three rain delays before she punched her ticket to the Miami Open final with a 6-3 6-3 win over Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit on Thursday.

Barty will face either Romanian second seed Simona Halep or Czech fifth seed Karolina Pliskova in the final on Saturday.

The 12th-seeded Australian was forced to wait out an hour-long rain delay before her match and when it started she and 21st seed Kontaveit were only on the court for about five minutes before weather halted play again.

They returned about two-and-a-half hours later to play one more game and then headed back to the locker room for a third rain delay, this time for two hours.

Barty finally secured the win with an ace on her second match point, six-and-a-half hours after the original scheduled start.

Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Ian Ransom

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