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Rybakina wins in quarterfinals in Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia ( Associated Press) — Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina cruised past former Roland Garros champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-2, 6-4 on Tuesday to advance to the semifinals of the Australian Open.

The duel at Rod Laver Arena was suspended for approximately 20 minutes due to unusual rain while the folding roof was closed. Ryabkina was leading 3-1 before the stoppage. Back on court, Ostapenko saved a break point, but Rybakina broke it on her next chance to go up 4–1 and take the first set 6–2.

In the second set, Ostapenko was a break up, but Rybakina equalised. It was her first break after Ostapenko failed to convert in her previous four matches.

Rybakina, who defeated first seed Iga Swiatek in the fourth round, had match points with aces, but Ostapenko saved both. The Kazakh confirmed the win with another ace, his 11th of the match and a tournament-high 35 overall.

“I was nervous in the last game, but I controlled my emotions and played very well,” Rybakina said. “The conditions were different after the roof was closed. But it can happen here, you never know, the weather is there in the morning and then it changes.”

Rybakina will face the winner of the matchup between American Jessica Pegula, the third-seeded woman, and two-time Australian champion Victoria Azarenka.

In the men’s quarterfinals, 22-year-old American Sebastian Korda faces Karen Khachanov (18) at the Rod Laver Arena. Third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas will face Jiri Lehka in the night’s matchup. The winners will face off in the semi-finals on Friday.

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