Kazakhstan’s tennis player Elena Rybakina defeated Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko 6-2, 6-4 after 1h21 minutes of play in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. The world number 25 will face Jessica Pegula or Victoria Azarenka in the semifinals.
Elena Rybakina he had a remarkable 2022, with great results, playing tough and dangerous tennis for any player. Last season he became the champion Wimbledon, nothing more and nothing less. In addition, he made it to the finals WTA 500 de Adelaide and Portoroz WTA 250. Among other notable weeks, he reached the quarterfinals Indian Wells and Cincinnati. His 2023 started with a round of 16 loss at Adelaide 1 and a quick loss at Adelaide 2. He already won in Australia Elisabeta Cocciaretto, Kaja Juvan, Danielle Collins and Iga Swiatek.
Jelena Ostapenko It is approaching its best level, which saw it in the Top 5 in 2018, and even won Roland Garros. In search of this, the Latvian faces this year 2023 thoroughly. Last season he won the championship Dubai WTA 1000. Furthermore, he arrived at a definition WTA 500 East Bornue and inside Seoul WTA 250. In addition, he reached the semi-finals Indian Wells, St. Petersburg and Doha. This year he started it in the last 16 at Adelaide 1 and with a loss in the first round at Adelaide 2. He already won in Australia Dayana Yastremska, Anna Bondar, Kateryna Kozlova and Coco Gauff.
Rybakina pulls it off with hierarchy
Elena Rybakina and Jelena Ostapenko faced each other in the quarterfinals Open Australia.
At the beginning of the match, the Kazakhs quickly marked the clear differences in power and accuracy and won 2-0. Then Ostapenko counted the numbers, but was still far from the game. In the sixth game, the Latvian created two clear chances to recover, but failed. From there, it was all up to Rybakina, who went ahead 6-2 in 33 minutes.
In the second set, the 2017 Roland Garros champion came out in other roles, hitting the ball harder and with great talent to go up 2-0 and serve. However, Elena stayed calm, fought back and not only recovered quickly, but also got one more to go on top. Although he felt some pressure in the final game, his serves helped him win 6-2, 6-4 after 1h21min.