Wimbledon champion Rybakina in Australian Open semi-finals tennis news

Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina reached her first Australian Open semifinal with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia on Tuesday. The 22nd seed defeated the former French Open champion, seeded 17, in 1 hour 19 minutes at Rod Laver Arena and will face either American Jessica Pegula or Belarusian Victoria Azarenka for a place in the final. “I’m very happy to be in the semi-finals for the first time,” said the Kazakh star. “It was an amazing atmosphere.”

Rybakina declared “she can beat anybody” after knocking out top seed Iga Suatek in straight sets on Sunday.

And she was quick out of the blocks behind her big serve, immediately breaking Ostapenko and going 3-1 up with three coming hammerings.

He made another break point at 30-40 when a sudden cloudburst halted the 22nd seed’s momentum.

Players ran out of Rod Laver Arena when the roof was off and water was pooling.

After a delay of about half an hour, Ostapenko saw the immediate danger.

But she was powerless to hold off the aggressive Rybakina for a second break after two points.

Rybakina’s serve broke her back at 15-40 in the next 15-40 and closed out the opening set in 32 minutes.

Ostapenko turned up the heat on her groundstrokes early in the second set, breaking to 2-0 with a screamer.

But a calm Rybakina stormed back and later saved four more break points to level at 2-2.

Rybakina hit again in Ostapenko’s next service game to keep the finish line firmly in sight.

At 6-5 serving for the match, the usually assured Russian-born Kazakh saw two match points saved before his 11th ace sealed his advance.

“Obviously I was nervous especially in the last match but not as nervous as before the match,” he said. “So I’m very happy that I managed my emotions and I played really well today.”

Ostapenko won both of their previous matches — the last in Eastbourne in 2021 — and also made her first Australian Open quarter-final appearance.

The 25-year-old is working his way back to the top after admitting it was difficult for him to adjust at 19 when winning the French Open changed his life.

After knocking out Coco Gough in the fourth round, she said her confidence had returned and she “never doubted” that she had the ability and ability to win another Slam.

But Rybakina was unstoppable as she chased a second Grand Slam crown in six months after triumphing on grass at Wimbledon last July.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is generated automatically from a syndicated feed.)

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