Last Updated: January 25, 2023, 09:59 IST
Aryna Sabalenka powered into the Australian Open semi-finals on Wednesday by beating a spirited Donna Vekic 6-3, 6-2 in a 1hr 49min battle on Rod Laver Arena.
The 24-year-old, the only top-10 seed left in the draw, took her chances in a physical one-hour first set littered with break points before running away with the second.
Aryna Sabalenka is into the #AusOpen semi-finals. She beats Donna Vekic 63 62 and has Magda Linette nextNot the best serve day for either: 27 break points, 7 breaks (of 17 games played), 22 double faults (13 by Vekic), 56% and 50% first serves landed in pic.twitter.com/Qg8lSJTWgr
— Tanuj Lakhina (@tanujlakhina) January 25, 2023
Vekic had held a 5-1 career record against Sabalenka but was unable to match the level of the new, improved version of the Belarusian with 13 double faults not helping the Croatian’s cause.
Sabalenka completed the semi-final line-up and will play Polish surprise package Magda Linette on Thursday for a place in her first Grand Slam final.
(With inputs from Agencies)
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