Indians are set to play Wales in Australian Open final rematch.

Indians are set to play Wales in Australian Open final rematch.

2023 Australian Open Women'S Final Elena Rybakina Vs Aryna Sabalenka Of Indian Wells

Elena Rybakina and Aryna Sabalenka are in the Australian Open women’s singles final at the Indian Wells Open after winning their respective semi-finals on Friday.

First, Sabalenka made quick work of former world No. 2 Maria Sakkari.

Sabalenka won 6-2 6-3 to reach her third final of the season after losing two sets against the Greek star.

Beating both Sakkari and the desert heat, Sabalenka won in 1 hour and 23 minutes.

“I’m very happy for another final and I’m very happy to beat Maria,” Sabalenka said in a press conference after the match. “She’s a very good fighter, and it’s always tough matches with her.

“I feel good on the court at the moment, but I understand it won’t always be the same. So I continue to work hard, on those days when things don’t go my way, rest assured that I can still compete and get these wins.

Sabalenka has lost just five of her 18 games this year to improve to 17-1 on the season.

She takes a small, but not insignificant, slice at the top of the rankings from world No. 1 Iga Switek.

Swiatek lost in convincing fashion to bogeywoman Rybakina in her semi-final and saw her lead drop below 4000.

Rybakina achieved a unique feat when she became only the second person to win the reigning World No. 1 at the Australian Open and Indian Wells in the same season.

Kazakhstan’s No. 1 was at the top of her game when she picked her level queen to end Sviatek’s title defense.

“With Iga, she is a strong, very tough opponent, but when I play this well and everything goes in – because today I played sometimes, I would say, at my highest level – [these are] A moment when you feel like, OK, if I play like this all the time, I can beat anybody.

But the goal is, you will never feel amazing and perfect in every match. I think today was really good for me. “

Rybakina believes holding her serve will be key to coming out on top in her rematch with Sabalenka.

“I think [the key will be] It’s just about playing better and holding serve in these important moments, because I think a few times it’s just because of one break,” Rybakina said.

Both the men’s and women’s finals will be played in Indian Wells on Sunday.

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