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Aryna Sabalenka and Elena Rybakina qualified for the final




Aryna Sabalenka

(Indian Wells) Euphoric since her victory at the Australian Open, world No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka managed a new show of force to dismiss the Greek Maria Sakkari (7e) and reach the Indian Wells WTA 1000 final on Friday in California. Elena Rybakina, 10e world champion and Wimbledon winner last year, also qualified for the final, beating world No. 1 and defending champion Iga Swiatek 6-2, 6-2.

The 24-year-old Belarusian, who is reaching this stage of the event for the first time, will be up against the Polish world no. 1 and defending champion Iga Swiatek or the Kazakh Elena Rybakina (10e).

More aggressive and consistent, Sabalenka controlled the game without batting an eyelid, which started more than half an hour late because the referee’s microphone was not working to make announcements. However, she said she was disturbed by this incident.

“For a second I thought ‘oops, something’s wrong today’. Then I said to myself that these things can happen, and it does not matter. I just need to calm down and relax. I’m glad it didn’t really affect my game,” she said at a press conference.

The Belarusian broke three times in the first set, showing no mercy in return on Sakkari’s second balls, with 11 points won from 14 played.

The slugging fight continued with the same results in the second set, Sabalenka continuing to manhandle the 27-year-old Greek, who appeared somewhat borrowed. Perhaps this is due to the fact that she had already spent more than twice as long as her rival on the courts, to reach the last four.

Maximum confidence

She, who was aiming for a second consecutive final in the Californian desert, resisted by breaking to come back to 2-2, when she missed an opportunity to resume the service of Sabalenka, somewhat on the back. But the latter is another player now, who no longer cracks so easily at the slightest annoyance.

“In the past, I’ve lost so many games like this, on just some stupid mistakes. I told myself that it was okay to make these mistakes, that I was not a robot, that I could miss these shots. That’s how I was able to keep fighting,” she explained.

Sabalenka immediately pulled herself together and was able to rely on a solid first ball to win her bet and then escape for good.

“Maria is a great player, when you play her you know it will be difficult, so I am very happy with this victory,” said the Belarusian.

Since his first major title in January in Melbourne, maximum confidence has lived in Sabalenka, who has lost only one match in 18 played in 2023.

“I feel very good on the court at the moment, but I also understand that it will not always be the same. That’s why I keep working hard, making sure that on the days when things don’t go my way, there’s no problem. But, yeah, it’s great to be among the top players,” she said.

She who had never passed the 8e in Indian Wells can still confirm that status as early as Sunday. “This tournament feels like a Grand Slam, I really want to win it,” she concluded.

Rybakina crushes Swiatek


Elena Rybakina

Very impressive, Elena Rybakina, 10e world champion and winner at Wimbledon last year, qualified for the WTA 1000 final in Indian Wells, beating 6-2, 6-2 the world No. 1 and defending champion Iga Swiatek.

The first Kazakh to reach this stage of a tournament in this category just below the Grand Slams, the 23-year-old player will face Aryna Sabalenka (2e), who ruled without flinching 6-2, 6-3 the Greek Maria Sakkari (7e).

This poster will be a reproduction of the Australian Open final, won in January by the 24-year-old Belarusian who won her first Major there.

On her way to Melbourne, she created a sensation by eliminating Swiatek in 8e in the final, while the Polish was the big favorite after a year 2022 where she had often crushed the competition, as evidenced by her two coronations at Roland-Garros and at the United States Open.

For their reunion, Rybakina has confirmed in a brilliant way and without question this ascendancy taken, while Swiatek had nevertheless displayed his determination to set the record straight the day before by saying he was “100% ready” for this meeting.

“I’m very proud of my performance, I played very well today and I didn’t necessarily expect it after the previous match (difficultly won in three sets against the Czech Karolina Muchova, editor’s note). I delivered one of my best matches this season, ”she reacted hotly.

She shattered Swiatek’s double dream, which only Martina Navratilova achieved in 1990-1991, being dominating from start to finish and in all areas. The Kazakh relied in particular on a formidably effective first ball (82% of points won, 7 aces) and on a return which was just as effective (57% of points won).

Relentless, she converted the five break points she obtained and erased the first three obtained by her opponent, who avoided the humiliation of a “donut” (a 6-0) by taking finally the service of her rival at 5-0. It was only to delay the deadline, because Rybakina was still in a hurry to finish, which she did in 1:16.

Swiatek has never entered the game, and never looked so helpless on the court.

As for Rybakina, she knows that she will have to maintain this stratospheric level of play to win Sunday against Sabalenka, who continues the demonstrations of force and leads 4-0 in their confrontations.

“If I play like today, I will have more chances,” said the Kazakh.

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Miami Open: Kvitova has managed to claim her first 1000 title in five years




Petra Kvitova beat Elena Rybakina 2-0, won the Miami Open and celebrated her first 1000m title since 2018.

Petra Kvitova returned to winning the title when she defeated Elena Rybakina 7-6 (14), 6-2after an hour and 42 minutes of competition, and was crowned champion of the Miami Open of Florida.

This was the first WTA 1000 title for the 33-year-old Czech since 2018, when she also won the Madrid Open, being her 9th at those events and 30th overall in her career.

On the other hand, the 23-year-old Kazakh has 11 straight victories while claiming the Sunshine Double, which is one of the best players of the moment. Facts that make Kvitova’s performance even more important.

Technically, in the 1st set up to the 8th game (4:4), both went hand in hand in terms of points, until the number 12 in the world made the first break of the match, which Rybakina immediately erased (5:5). ).

With two back-to-back love matches, the match went to the tiebreak, which was shocking (to say the least) as it lasted almost 12.5 minutes and was decided in detail. Czech Republic won with individual results 16-14(!) and laid the foundation for victory (7-6(14).

In the second part, Kvitova, with the momentum clearly on her side, started with 3/3 games won and doubled her breaks in the match (3:0).

The difference lingered until Game 7 (5-2) when the Czech found a way to double match point and serve WTA No. 7 again to win their first title in 5(!) years.

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VIDEO. How did Kvitova win Miami for the first time by beating Rybakina in the final?




The final match of the challenging tournament of the WTA 1000 series, held in Miami on Saturday, April 1, Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic, WTA 12) and Elena Rybakina (Kazakhstan, WTA 12). The fight ended 7:6 (16:14), 6:2 in favor of the Czech representative.

Kvitova won a tournament in this category for the first time since 2018. After the title in Madrid, there were three losses in the final (Dubai 2019, Doha 2020 and Cincinnati 2022). Altogether, this is Petra’s 9th-thousandth title, with only Victoria Azarenka (10) and Serena Williams (13) having more.

Kvitova also won the Miami tournament for the first time.

Starting the new week, Kvitova will return to the top 10 in the world rankings for the first time since September 2021.

WTA 1000 Miami. Difficult. End

Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) – Elena Rybakina (Kazakhstan) – 7:6 (16:14), 6:2

Highlights of the match:

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The unlikely triumph of Petra Kvitova





Czech Petra Kvitova in a match against Kazakh Elena Rybakina on Saturday

Petra Kvitova overthrew the WTA Tour’s player of the hour, Elena Rybakina, to win the Miami tournament on Saturday afternoon in two sets of 7-6 (16/14) and 6-2.

Few observers had expected the presence of the 33-year-old player in the final of the tournament at the start of the week. And yet…

Kvitova was amazing. The Czech played like the dominant player she was between 2011 and 2014. She was uncompromising, firm and smart.

However, the battle was not easy. Especially in the 24-minute tiebreaker at the end of the second set.

The 12e racquet in the world forced the tournament winner from Indian Wells to make some unusual mistakes. Rybakina, certainly a victim of fatigue, given her success rate in recent months, was not herself on the ground.

Kvitova therefore gets her thirtieth career title.

More details will follow.

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