WTA Dubai: Elena Rybakina withdraws due to gastrointestinal problems

Jasmine Paolini automatically advances to the semifinals, where she will face Sorana Cirstea

by Lorenzo Ciotti
WTA Dubai: Elena Rybakina withdraws due to gastrointestinal problems
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Elena Rybakina, who suffered a gastrointestinal problem, chose to withdraw from the quarter-final match of the Dubai Duty Free. The announcement came from an official statement from the WTA.

Her opponent Jasmine Paolini thus passed the quarterfinals and will play her first semifinal in a WTA 1000 in Dubai.

The Italian thus takes advantage of the situation and can celebrate a well-deserved result, which rewards the hard work carried out in the gym and on the pitch together with coach Renzo Furlan.

The 28 year old further improved her best ranking thanks to this important result. In fact, she reached 2090 points, reaching 21st position.

Paolini will face Cirstea, in the semifinal of the Dubai Duty Free

If she were to go further in the United Arab Emirates event, the Italian would land in the top 20 in the world. In the semifinal Paolini will challenge the Romanian Sorana Cirstea, who defeated the Czech Marketa Vondrousova after three epic sets.

In the last year Jasmine Paolini has always been a nightmare for Elena Rybakina, every time the two had to clash or were close to facing each other. The Italian has reached the quarterfinals in a WTA 1000 only on one other occasion, in Cincinnati in 2023. On that occasion it was the Kazakh's withdrawal, this time during the round of 16 match (score 6-4, 2-5) to give her this satisfaction.

Elena Rybakina
Elena Rybakina© Christopher Pike / Stringer Getty Images Sport

Even at the Australian Open the destinies of the two players seemed certain to meet. The Italian girl had gained access to the third round and, rather incredibly, saw Rybakina fall in the second round against Blinkova, in a crazy match that will remain in history for the decisive tie-break which ended 22-20.

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