ADELAIDE, Australia ( Associated Press) — Qualifier Linda Noskova advanced to the Adelaide tournament on Saturday after defeating top seed Ons Jabeur in the women’s singles final.
Jabur, a two-time Grand Slam singles finalist last year, needed medical time to treat her back during the first set and at times the world No. 2 looked constrained en route to a 6-game defeat. 3, 1- 6 and 6-3.
The 18-year-old Noskova, ranked 102nd from the Czech Republic, will take on world No. 5 Aryna Sabalenka in Sunday’s final. Sabalenka first advanced with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Irina-Camelia Begu.
Noskova has won six straight matches in her sixth appearance in a WTA tournament final. He had to clear match points during the qualifying stage to qualify for the main draw.
Sabalenka hit five double faults, but ended the match with her sixth ace. She won over 80% of her first serve points and controlled the game from the baseline. He hasn’t dropped a single set in the tournament so far.
“I’m happy with the level I played,” said Sabalenka. “She was playing in a slightly different style, so I’m very happy she was able to win this match.”
Novak Djokovic was scheduled to play Daniil Medvedev in the semi-finals of the men’s night.
The winner of that match would face Sebastian Korda, who advanced to the final after Yoshihito Nishioka was injured in the semifinals.
Korda broke Nishioka’s serve in the first game of the second set and the Japanese left-hander took medical leave to treat an apparent foot injury. Nishioka played again for a few more points before retiring midway through, with Korda winning 7–6(5), 1–0.