Sabalenka takes to court after six-hour rain delay

tennis22 March 2024 21:36
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Aryna Sabalenka © Gallo Images

Play finally got underway at the WTA and ATP Miami Open on Friday after six hours of rain delays.

Following the long wait, world No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka took to the court to face Spain's Paula Badosa just days after the death of her former boyfriend.

Belarusian Sabalenka walked onto the court wearing an all-black outfit, a choice matched by her close friend Badosa.

Sabalenka said she was "heartbroken" by the death of former boyfriend Konstantin Koltsov in a statement on Wednesday, where she revealed they had not been a couple at the time of his death.

Koltsov died on Monday with Miami police saying he had jumped from the balcony of a room at a resort in an "apparent suicide".

Koltsov, a former NHL ice hockey player and coach, was 42 years old.

Top-ranked Iga Swiatek is scheduled to face Italy's Camila Giorgi while Naomi Osaka of Japan takes on Ukraine's Elina Svitolina in later matches.

Men's world No 3 Jannik Sinner of Italy is scheduled to face compatriot Andrea Vavassori while fourth-ranked Daniil Medvedev of Russia takes on Hungarian Marton Fucsovics.