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Ribakina in the semi-finals

Elena Rybakina is having a great time at the first Grand Slam tournament of the year. In the round of sixteen, he lost to world number one Iga Siatek. Rybakina reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open for the first time after defeating Jelena Ostapenko in the quarter-finals.

Rybakina won the game 6-2, 6-4. Ostapenko took to the court with confidence after defeating Coco Goff in the previous match. Moreover, this Latvian was ahead of Rybakina in the last two years head to head. But Ostapenko, who won the French Open in 2017, could not compete with the current Wimbledon champion.

23-year-old Rybakina from Kazakhstan took control of the match with a great serve. They were leading 3-1 before the rain. He secured the first set within half an hour as he covered the Rod Laver Arena roof. In the second set, Ostapenko took a 2-0 lead but could not hold it. Defeated an opponent two years older in a one-hour and 19-minute fight to earn a ticket to the semi-finals of the Australian Open for the first time.

Rybakina will face third seed Jessica Pegula or Victoria Azarenka in the next round. They are waiting for the fight in the next quarter final.

(24 January/MM)

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