On Tuesday, Elena Rybakina defeated Jelena Ostapenko 6-2, 6-4 to advance to the 2023 Australian Open semifinals. The match was won by Kazakhstan’s 22nd seed in 1 hour, 19 minutes. Prior to the match, Ostapenko had a 2-0 record against Rybakina, but from the start of the match, the latter appeared to be the superior player.
Both players were anticipated to strike the ball similarly, however Rybakina emerged as the superior player. Ostapenko didn’t appear to have recovered from the early service break, and she soon dropped her serve a second time.
She did have a few break points to recover one of the two breaks, but Rybakina firmly shut the door on that chance. Rybakina served the set to 15 in the eighth game of the set.
Australian Open: Major triumph for Elena Rybakina
The winner of the 2017 French Open started the second set by being carefree and earning a break on Rybakina’s serve.
She couldn’t gather it, though, and handed it back right away. The 17th seed earned a few more break points in the fourth game to go up 3-1 in the set as Rybakina battled to perfect her serve. But Rybakina eventually won the first service game of the set after a drawn-out service game that featured some solid shotmaking, a few blunders, and a few occasions when her serve held up under pressure.
When Ostapenko was under duress in the fifth set, she dropped her service game, giving Rybakina the advantage in the match. The match had completely eluded Ostapenko, despite her continued efforts, as Rybakina won the match in a drawn-out 10th game that included a few deuces.
Rybakina had 21 unforced errors compared to Ostapenko’s 21 and hit 24 winners, five more than the latter. However, the number of break points that each player saved and converted was what made the most difference in the final result. Each player has eight break points to contend with.
However, Ostapenko could only convert on one of these, compared to Rybakina’s four conversions. The Australian Open semifinal marks Elena Rybakina’s second appearance in a Major semifinal. Next, she’ll portray either Victoria Azarenka or Jessica Pegula. Image Source: WTA Twitter