WTA roundup: Aryna Sabalenka reaches final in Brisbane

League: Tennis

Posted on: 06 Jan, 2024 at 04:04 PM

Credit: Andy Abeyta/The Desert Sun / USA TODAY NETWORK

Aryna Sabalenka and Elena Rybakina each posted a straight-sets victory on Saturday to advance to the final of the Brisbane International and set up a rematch of the final in the 2023 Australian Open.

Top-seeded Sabalenka notched 10 aces and broke fellow Belarusian Victoria Azarenka's serve on three occasions en route to extending her winning streak to 15 matches on Australian soil with a 6-2, 6-4 win.

Kazakhstan's Rybakina, who fell in three sets to Sabalenka in last year's Australian Open final, recorded eight aces and 26 winners in a 6-3, 6-2 win over Linda Noskova of the Czech Republic.

The second-seeded Rybakina also took advantage of four double faults by her foe to end the match.

ASB Classic

Defending champion Coco Gauff advanced to the final in Auckland, New Zealand, following a 6-3, 6-1 victory over fourth-seeded Emma Navarro.

Gauff dispatched her fellow American in 62 minutes and extended her run of wins to 18 straight sets in Auckland. She has not lost a set in the tournament this year.

Gauff advanced to meet second-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, who overcame a sluggish first set and a pair of medical timeouts in a 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Xiyu Wang of China.

--Field Level Media