Reigning Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina is not lacking any confidence as the Kazakh has underlined that she believes she can now win the Australian Open. Rybakina, 23, saw off Jelena Ostapenko 6-2 6-4 to progress into her first Australian Open semifinal.
Rybakina, who upset No 1 seed Iga Swiatek a round earlier, plays Victoria Azarenka in the semifinal as she is now two wins away from winning her second Grand Slam. “I think of course I got all the experience at Wimbledon and it’s helping me now this time here in Australia and I know what to expect.
I already did it once and of course I got confidence that I can do it again. I did really good preparation with the team. I’m not really surprised with the results. I’m happy. I’m just hungry to work and improve more," Rybakina said, per Tennis365.
Rybakina ousted Ostapenko
Rybakina came out firing against Ostapenko as she broke the Latvian twice in the first set to easily win the opener. After losing the first set, Ostapenko bounced back at the start of the second set as she claimed an early break to open a 2-0 lead.
However, Ostapenko's lead was short-lived as Rybakina broke the Latvian in the third and fifth games to overturn the deficit and complete a two-set win. "The conditions were different, but we expect that it can happen in Australia - you never know in the morning it's one weather, then in a few hours it changes.
You have to be ready always. That's the beauty of the sport, everybody needs to adapt and I think I did really well from the beginning of the match then continued through the first set. I'm super happy that I managed with the emotions and I played really well today," Rybakina said of beating Ostapenko, per the Australian Open website.
Now, Rybakina is set for her second meeting against Azarenka. Last year, Rybakina defeated Azarenka in Indian Wells.