Elena Rybakina and Maria Sakkari delivered the most nail-biting match so far at the Miami Open

A three-set marathon with five match points and other surprises made for a Tuesday night thriller

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Elena Rybakina and Maria Sakkari delivered a Tuesday night thriller at the Miami Open for fans inside the stadium and television viewers watching on Tennis Channel. It had ebbs and flows in each player's level of play mixed in with great shotmaking and emotional outbursts.

Rybakina won the match eventually, on the fifth match point, but it could have been over an hour earlier. Sakkari was relentless at the end of the second set coming from behind and winning it in a tiebreaker.

Part of what made the match so fascinating is because even though Rybakina and Sakkari are veterans of the WTA Tour, they showed fans something new on Tuesday night.

What fans saw from Rybakina and Sakkari

The biggest surprise was the noticeable frustration from Elena Rybakina. She normally wears a poker face on the court so fans (and her opponents) can not tell what she is thinking. On Tuesday night, Rybakina received a warning for angrily hitting a ball after the point ended. She stopped short of slamming her racquet on the ground, and everything about her body language oozed irritation. Remember when fans could not tell when Rybakina was happy for winning Wimbledon, those emotions may have been confused with shock because Rybakina proved she is a fiery one at times.

Sakkari showed fans vintage will and determination. Even though they have not been working together for a long time, new coach David Witt has put the confidence and mental strength back in Sakkari's game, and it showed once again last night. She had a spring in her step and never looked down or negative even down a set and a break in the second set. The Indian Wells finalist is back and better than ever; working with Witt in the coming months will continue to produce dividends.

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