Barty beats Bouchard in three sets in first round at Key Biscayne

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) Ashleigh Barty stretched her winning streak to eight matches by handing former top-5 player Eugenie Bouchard a fourth consecutive loss, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 in the first round of the Miami Open on Wednesday.

Barty claimed the last three games of the match between two past junior Wimbledon champions whose careers have both been filled with ups and downs.

Barty, a 20-year-old Australian, was off the tour for about 1+ years, including a stint playing cricket. But she is back and better than ever now, ranked a career-high 91st after winning her first WTA title as a qualifier at Kuala Lumpur.

Bouchard, a 23-year-old Canadian, has exited in the first round of each of her past three tournaments and is now ranked 56th after reaching No. 5 in 2014, the year she was the runner-up at Wimbledon and reached the semifinals at two other Grand Slam tournaments.

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