Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina swept previous Jelena Ostapenko to achieve her first Australian Open semi-final.
Rybakina fired 11 aces and 24 winners as she claimed a dominant 6-2 6-4 victory over Latvia’s Ostapenko.
The Kazakh wrapped up victory in a single hour and 19 minutes following a prolonged rain delay on Rod Laver Enviornment.
Rybakina, seeded twenty second, will face both American world quantity three Jessica Pegula or two-time champion Victoria Azarenka for a spot within the ultimate.
“I’m tremendous completely happy to be within the semi-finals for the primary time,” stated Rybakina, the youngest participant left within the ladies’s draw.
“In fact I used to be nervous, particularly within the final sport. I’m tremendous completely happy I managed the feelings and I performed rather well right now.”
Regardless of incomes essentially the most prestigious title of her profession together with her shock success at Wimbledon, Rybakina dropped to twenty fifth on this planet – the place she stays – as a result of rating factors weren’t awarded on the grass court docket main.
She subsequently spoke about not feeling like a Grand Slam champion and started her Melbourne marketing campaign on court docket 13 somewhat than a show-court.
Restored to the primary stage at Melbourne Park, she adopted up her gorgeous win over high seed Iga Swiatek with one other devastating show in opposition to 2017 French Open winner Ostapenko.
“I feel I obtained all of the expertise at Wimbledon and it’s serving to me now this time right here in Australia. I do know what to anticipate,” Rybakina stated.
“[I’m] feeling good on the court docket and actually having fun with each match I’m taking part in right here.”
In a gathering between two of the three main champions nonetheless standing among the many final eight, Rybakina made a assured begin as she broke seventeenth seed Ostapenko’s serve within the opening sport.
She arrange one other alternative in sport 5 together with her highly effective shot-making earlier than play was suspended by rain, returning after a wait of round half an hour to clinch a double break lead and in the end serve out the set underneath the roof.
Ostapenko threatened a fightback with a break firstly of set two however Rybakina swiftly extinguished these hopes, recording successive breaks in reply to deliver her second main semi-final into focus.
She went on to seal the match in becoming vogue, sending down a ultimate ace to increase her tournament-leading tally to 35.