"I'm supper happy" - Sabalenka after snapping losing streak
Coming into the match on the back of three consecutive defeats, including early exits from the Indian Wells Open and Miami Open, the world No 5 was made to work for her 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 victory in one hour and 49 minutes. The opening set was a tightly contested affair, but Sabalenka served for the set after breaking to love in game eight. Riske, though, saved four set points only to lose the tie-breaker.
The top seed then claimed back-to-back breaks in games five and seven of the second set to come out to serve for the match, but Riske claimed one break back before Sabalenka eventually go the job done. She said:
“I felt I’m super happy that I was able to go through that match. Alison is a really tough opponent – it’s never easy to play her. I’m proud that, no matter what, I stayed focused from the beginning until the end. That’s why I was able to win this one.”
Up next is Amanda Anisimova who has had a very good season herself.