Elena Rybakina, the 10th-ranked tennis star from Kazakhstan, put on a masterclass as she effortlessly dispatched World No. 1 Iga Swiatek 6-2, 6-2, securing her place in the BNP Paribas Open women’s final at Indian Wells.
This marked her second victory this season over Swiatek, with the first coming in the fourth round of the Australian Open. Rybakina’s commanding performance saw her dominate the court from the very beginning, swiftly seizing an early break and racing ahead to a 3-0 lead before claiming the first set in a mere 36 minutes.
In the second set, the reigning Wimbledon champion demonstrated even greater prowess.
Rybakina wasted no time in establishing a commanding 4-0 lead within just 20 minutes, forcing Swiatek to dig deep and muster some resistance by holding serve at 5-1. Swiatek managed to claim her first break of the match in the subsequent game, but it was ultimately a futile effort as Rybakina marched on to secure an emphatic victory.
This stunning result sets the stage for a captivating rematch of the Australian Open final, as Aryna Sabalenka cruised to a 6-2, 6-3 triumph over world number seven Maria Sakkari in their semi-final encounter. In a thrilling Melbourne showdown back in January, Sabalenka edged out Rybakina 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 to claim her maiden major title.
As these two formidable athletes prepare to face off once again, fans around the world eagerly anticipate a contest of skill, determination, and passion. With both players vying for the Indian Wells crown, the upcoming final promises to be a thrilling spectacle that will undoubtedly showcase the very best of women’s tennis.