Rybakina races past Sabalenka to win Brisbane International

07.01.2024    Views: 177
Source: KTF press-service
WTA Staff

World No.4 Elena Rybakina captured her sixth career title and first of the season at the Brisbane International, defeating World No.2 Aryna Sabalenka 6-0, 6-3 in the final on Sunday. The victory ended Sabalenka's 15-match win streak on Australian soil, a streak that began last year with her wins in Adelaide and the Australian Open.

Sunday was a rematch of that Australian Open final. Rybakina turned the tables this time, capped off a flawless opening week with an impenetrable performance to dominate the top seed. The victory is her third hard-court title and first since defeating Sabalenka to win Indian Wells last spring. It is also her second title in Australia, having won her first WTA title in Hobart in 2020.

«Despite the score, it's always tough to play against you,» Rybakina said on the court after being presented with the Evonne Goolagong Cawley Trophy by former World No.3 Wendy Turnbull. «We always push each other and I think that's great. We improve this way, so hopefully we continue.»

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