Rybakina faced Ostapenko in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Wimbledon champion Jelena Rybakina advanced to the semifinals of the Australian Open with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko on Tuesday.
The match at Rod Laver Arena saw a rain delay of nearly 20 minutes when the roof was closed. Rybakina took a 3-1 lead and held a break point late. On her return, Ostapenko saved the first break point, but Rybakina broke from 4-1 down to win the first set 6-2.
In the second set, Ostapenko broke, but Rybakina equalized with a break of her own. It came on her first break point as Ostapenko failed to convert four points in the previous game.
Rybakina, who defeated top seed Iga Svyatek in the fourth round, saved match points with an ace, both of which were saved by Ostapenko. But he won the match with another ace, his 11th of the match and a tournament-leading 35.
“I was nervous in the last game, but I controlled my emotions and played very well.” said Rybakina. “After closing the roof, the situation was different. But it can happen here, you never know, in the morning and later it will change.
Rybakina will face the winner of the night’s quarter-final between third-seeded American Jessica Pegula and two-time champion Victoria Azarenka.
In the men’s quarterfinals, 22-year-old American Sebastian Korda played his next match against No. 18 seed Karen Khachanov at Rod Laver Arena. Third-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas will face Jiri Lehechka in the night’s quarterfinals. The winners of these matches will meet in the semi-finals on Friday.
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