Australian Open 2023: Swiatek winner Elena Rybakina defeats Jelena Ostapenko in the quarterfinals

Rybakina, who in the round of 16 the Title favorite Iga Swiatek from Poland had thrown out of the tournamentmeets in the semi-finals the winner of the game between the American Jessica Pegula and the two-time Melbourne winner Viktoria Azarenka from Belarus (from 9:00 a.m. in the live ticker).

Her match against Ostapenko was interrupted in the first set when the score was 3-1 because the roof of the Rod Laver Arena had to be closed due to rain.

“In Australia you never know how the weather will develop. That’s the beauty of the sport, that you have to adapt to new conditions again and again,” said the native Russian.

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The 25-year-old only dropped one set in Melbourne this year. In three previous appearances, she had never progressed past the third round.

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She had won the first Grand Slam title for Kazakhstan at Wimbledon, and has been serving for the country since 2018. “I think she’s got what it takes to win another Grand Slam title,” said Eurosport-Expert Barbara Schett.

25-year-old Ostapenko won the French Open in 2017. At the Australian Open, the Latvian had also never been in the second week of the tournament (eighth participation).

As in the previous rounds, Ostapenko was repeatedly disturbed by decisions made by the electronic eye, which is used in Melbourne instead of linesmen. The Latvian doubted the Hawkeye several times – in vain.

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