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Kasatkina, Rybakina book quarter-final places in Abu Dhabi

Kasatkina, Rybakina book quarter-final places in Abu Dhabi

Day 4 of the Mubadala Abu Dhabi Open continued with the second round, with the seeds in a dominant position, with No. 1 Daria Kasatkina, No. 3 Elena Rybakina and No. 8 Liudmila Samsonova all in the last eight powerful.

[1] Daria Kasatkina D. Gil Teichman 1-6, 6-0, 6-2

After a slow start in 1 hour and 43 minutes, Kasatkina needed to reverse the clash with Jil Teichmann.

Kasatkina hadn’t lost a set to Teichmann in the previous two matches, but the Swiss player’s bravado got the upper hand early on. Teichmann seized every opportunity and hit 13 winners in seven matches to seal the victory with a superb strike against the world’s No. 8 opponents.

Here is Kasatkina’s 6-0, 6-2 loss to Belinda Bencic in the Adelaide 2 final and 6-1, 6-1 victory over Varvara Grace in the first round Watts won the fifth straight set after the Australian Open by two matches or fewer.

But the French Open semifinalist adjusted his tactics in gusty conditions and turned the tables. She found herself hitting deeper, keeping Teichmann away from the net and dragging the world No. 28 into longer rounds. As a result, Teichmann had 31 unforced errors in the final two sets, compared to 10 in the first set.

Kasatkina also pulled off some delightful shots of her own, notably her trademark backhand jump. In the final game, she was quick enough to handle the final switch from Teichmann to service volley.

“In these harsh windy conditions, once you lose a little concentration, the game changes completely, and that’s what happened in the beginning,” Kasatkina said. “I got a little lost with the lights and the wind, but then I found a safer way.”

Kasatkina’s next test will be 20-year-old quarterfinalist Zheng Qinwen.

[3] Elena Rybakina d. Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 6-2

Elena Rybakina made her way to her second Grand Slam final at the Australian Open, easily beating former world No. 1 Carolina Pulis in just 69 minutes Karolina Pliskova.

In clashes between the two biggest servers on the tour, Pliskova has the better numbers on paper: 73 percent of her first serves compared with Rybakina’s subpar 46 percent. But the effect of the second delivery of the latter is crucial. Rybakina scored 68 percent of her second serves, while Pliskova scored just 20 percent of her second serves.

Rybakina is also good at seizing opportunities. Pliskova sent two double faults in the first game, and Rybakina saved a forehand winner to win the decisive break of the first set. Likewise, she captured the first of two breaks in the second set with one of her best finishes of the day and finished with a backhand.

[8] Lyudmila Samsonova D. Barbora Krychkova 7-5, 7-6(6)

Earlier, Samsonova reached her first quarter-final of the season after stopping Krychkova’s comeback in both sets. Samsonova, who is currently ranked 19th at a career high, led 4-1 in the first set and 5-2 in the second, but ultimately needed all her tenacity to break through in two hours and 24 minutes. completed within.

emphasize: Samsonova D. Kreichkova

Former French Open champion Krytschkova won four games in a row to serve at 5-4 in the first set and saved her first five match points in the second set to force a tie-break. But while both players committed more than 30 unforced errors, Samsonova was a little more consistent in the clutch. After saving a set point in the tie-break, she converted her sixth match point as Krejcikova’s pass went wide.

Samsonova will face No. 4 seed Kudermetova in the quarterfinals.

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