In two hard-fought sets, Elena Rybakina took advantage in the important moments and eliminated the World No. 1 Iga Swiatek at the Australian Open.
The former Wimbledon champion continues her fight at the Australian Open. This time she defeated the first seed Iga Swiatek. The Kazakh came into the match after defeating No.13 seed Danielle Collins, and throughout she was calm as she usually does.
At the first set she began with an early break in the first game, although Swiatek later recovered to make it 3-3. The former Wimbledon Champion remained aggressive, breaking again and managing to hold the lead and finish the first set by 6-4.
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After the first set, the World No. 1 called for a toilet break and returned to the match with renewed energy, leading to a 3-0 lead within minutes. But the Kazakh was not going to give up and managed to equalize the set. At 4-4 came the final break for Rybakina, who then had no doubts and won 6-4, 6-4 in 89 minutes.
Rybakina had 6 aces against the 2 of the Pole, and both had a one double fault. The 22th seed was strong on serve, going 56% first serves and winning 80% of them, while their rival hit 61% first serves, but only winning 57%. In the quarterfinals, she’ll have to wait for the winner of the match between Coco Gauff and Jelena Ostapenko.
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