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Elena Rybakina overwhelms Swiatek to set up Indian Wells final with Sabalenka

The Guardian
Saturday 18 March 2023 04:17

Kazakhstan’s Rybakina beats Swiatek 6-2, 6-2 in semi-finalBelarusian Sabalenka cruises past Maria Sakkari 6-2, 6-3Elena Rybakina has knocked out defending champion Iga Swiatek with a 6-2, 6-2 semi-final victory at Indian Wells on Friday to set up a clash against Aryna Sabalenka in the final. Two months after Rybakina knocked Swiatek out of the Australian Open in the fourth round, the Wimbledon champion once again put in an impressive display against the world No 1.Rybakina was in control from the start, breaking early to take a 2-0 lead, before going on to clinch the first set when Swiatek produced a double fault on set point. Swiatek tested Rybakina’s serve in the first game of the second set, but the Kazakh held under pressure and then won the next four games to take a 5-0 lead. Continue reading...

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