Rybakina fights off Azarenka to make second straight Miami final

29.03.2024    Views: 234
Source: KTF press-service

WTA Staff

World No.4 Elena Rybakina advanced to her fourth final of the season after defeating No.27 seed Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 0-6, 7-6(2) in the semifinals of the Miami Open on Thursday. Rybakina improved to 4-0 over Azarenka and is now 22-3 on the 2024 season. 

Rybakina has enjoyed an outstanding start to her season on the hard courts, with titles in Brisbane, Abu Dhabi and her first WTA 1000 final of the year in Doha. Last year, Rybakina was a win away from sweeping the Sunshine Double, falling to Petra Kvitova 7-6(14), 6-2 in the Miami final. She is just the third player in the last 10 years to make back-to-back Miami finals, joining Serena Williams and Ashleigh Barty, the youngest player to do so since Maria Sharapova in 2005-2006.

«Last year it was different conditions, I was coming from Indian Wells, a lot of wins,» Rybakina said. «This year it's much different. I was not expecting honestly to be in the final, because I was not prepared that well for this tournament.

«But really happy that I managed to battle through all these matches and be in the final again.»

Rybakina will face American Danielle Collins in the final on Saturday. 

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