Elena Rybakina wins 2023 Indian Wells Masters with revenge win over Aryna Sabalenka

Elena Rybakina avenged her loss in the Australian Open final beating Aryna Sabalenka in straight sets 7-6(11) 6-4, however the Belarusian probably prefers this outcome at Indian Wells than if it was the other way around.

Sabalenka will be disappointed by this loss but she'll get better once she glances at the Australian Open trophy. She played a fair, a pretty good one actually but it simply went the way of Rybakina.

The first set was crucial in many ways, mostly because the winning player would end up being far more confident moving forward and that proved the case.

Both players dropped their serves in the first set and both players had set points in the first set which featured a crazy tiebreak that featured 24 points overall.

Both players served double faults at crucial times and ultimately it was Rybakina who escaped with the first set 13-11. Serving woes were a problem for Sabalenka who had 10 double faults in the first set while Rybakina only had one.

After taking that first set, Rybakina started to play really really well. Sabalenka was getting more and more frustrated and the Kazakhstani player was able to take an early break and then add another break to it. It was 5-2 with an angry Sabalenka playing a superb game to break back and make it 5-3 but the damage was already done.

Rybakina finished it off 6-4.

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