Australian Open: Wimbledon champion Elina Rybakina reaches semi-finals in Melbourne Tennis News

Wimbledon champion Elina Rybakina continued her march in Melbourne as she reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open with victory over Jelena Ostapenko.

As expected between the two biggest hitters on the women’s tour, it was first-strike tennis, but Rybakina cruised to a 6-2 6-4 victory on Rod Laver Arena.

Rybakina was a surprise champion at the All England Club but it would be no shock if she ends the fortnight lifting the trophy here, especially with the conditions favoring the flat hitters.

“Of course I think I’ve got all the Wimbledon experience and now here in Australia it’s helping me and I know what to expect,” she said.

“I already did it once and of course, I’m sure I can do it again. I prepared really well with the team. I’m not really surprised by the results. I’m happy, I’m just hungry. To work and improve.”

Both had upsets in the previous round, with Rybakina beating world No. 1 Aiga Svitek and Ostapenko getting past Coco Goff.

The Latvian, the French Open champion in 2017, reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal in nearly five years, but made too many errors to put any real pressure on Rybakina.

The Kazakh No. 1, who is closing in on a top 10 position if Wimbledon offers ranking points, broke serve to open the match and was leading 3-1 when heavy rain delayed the match and the roof Fell down. Close

Rybakina maintained her momentum on the restart to take the first set and, although Ostapenko, who again complained about the accuracy of the automatic line calling, raced to a 2-0 lead in the second, she held on. Couldn’t keep it.

Almost three-quarters of the points were decided within four shots while Rybakina’s serve, the best in the women’s game since the retirement of Serena Williams, served 11 aces and was a key difference between them.

Point out the accuracy from the merciless Rybakina.

Elina Rybakina has 29 aces at the Australian Open, the most by a women’s player. He has more aces in this tournament than his previous three.

Ostapenko, one of the most outspoken speakers on the tour, didn’t mince her words afterwards, saying: “I think today in general, the level of the match was a lot lower than the last match.

“It felt like me and Coco, we had a really high level of tennis and we played really well. It’s a bit of a shame that I couldn’t bring that level of tennis today.

“Obviously she was serving well but I felt, in the second set when I had long rallies with her, I was winning most of them, so it was my goal to make her game. .

“I felt that maybe playing mixed doubles yesterday was not the right decision to play so late.

“But in general I think I can only take positive things from this week because it’s only the start of the season and, if I keep working and playing like this, I think I can be a dangerous player. “

Ostapenko again expressed frustration with the automatic line calling and said her opponent was “lucky in a few moments”.

“Some balls weren’t a little out, they were a little out and they weren’t called,” he said.

The 23-year-old will face either third seed Jessica Pegula or former two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka in her second Grand Slam semi-final.

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