On Wednesday, Aryna Sabalenka defeated Donna Vekic in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. Five seed triumphed 6-3, 6-2 in one hour and forty-nine minutes. Even though it appeared to be a straightforward victory, the Croatian made Sabalenka fight hard for it.
Both players had trouble controlling their serves, resulting in a total of 22 double faults. Vekic struck 13 of them, while Sabalenka had nine. The 24-year-old had 11 double faults in her previous four sets going into the encounter.
Sabalenka managed to come up with nine aces despite having an inconsistent serving day, saving a number of break points.
Aryna Sabalenka and Magda Linette are competing in their first Australian Open final.
Sabalenka’s attempts to go all-in from the first game onward and Vekic’s creative retorts served as the match’s high points.
The unseeded player forced mistakes from Sabalenka, but it wasn’t enough because the bigger player took the match by storm. Vekic had 21 winners and 25 unforced errors compared to Sabalenka’s 38 victories and 35 unforced mistakes. The break points each player saved, however, was the statistic that had the biggest impact on the game.
14 break points were presented to Sabalenka, who went on to save 12. Vekic was up against 13 when her opponent eventually broke her serve five times. Sabalenka’s opponent in the semifinal will be Magda Linette. In their opening-day quarterfinal, the Pole defeated the 30th seed Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 7-5 in an hour and 27 minutes.
The Czech’s strategy couldn’t compete with Linette’s, and she frequently found herself on the defensive as a result of the Pole’s dominant play. Pliskova was the one who broke to start the match in the opening set, but she was pushed back.
The former world number one faced a break point in practically all of her service games in the second set before giving it up in the eleventh game. While both players had 18 victories, Pliskova committed 36 unforced mistakes while Linette made 16.
Aryna Sabalenka and Magda Linette are making their maiden appearances in the Australian Open semifinals. In actuality, this is the first major in which Linette has progressed this far. Twitter Tennis Podcast Photo Credit