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Elena Rybakina stuns world No.1 Iga Swiatek to achieve Indian Wells closing


Mar 18, 2023

(CNN) Elena Rybakina defeated world No. 1 Iga Świątek in straight units on Friday to achieve the Indian Wells closing and proceed her electrical run of type this season.

Świątek had no reply to the highly effective groundstrokes unleashed by the Wimbledon champion because the Pole was overwhelmed 6-2 6-2 in an hour and 16 minutes.

With this victory, Rybakina turned the primary participant to win a number of matches in opposition to a reigning world No.1 since 2019, after she defeated the Świątek within the fourth spherical of the Australian Open earlier this yr.

“With Iga, she’s robust, actually robust opponent, however after I play this good and the whole lot goes in — as a result of immediately some moments I performed, I might say, on my highest stage — [these are] moments the place you possibly can really feel, okay, I can beat anybody if I at all times play like this,” mentioned Rybakina after her win.

“Nevertheless it’s the purpose, you by no means really feel wonderful and excellent each match. I feel immediately it was simply actually good from me.”

The 2 gamers met within the fourth spherical of the Australian Open earlier this yr.

The world No. 10 was dominant from the beginning, breaking Świątek on the first alternative and successful the primary set in simply 36 minutes.

Rybakina then raced to a 5-0 lead within the second earlier than Świątek held and broke again to stem the tide considerably, however the Kazakh held on for victory, changing into the primary participant from her nation to achieve a singles closing in match historical past. Rybakina was born in Russia however has represented Kazakhstan since 2018

“In the event you dropped onto the planet tonight and heard #1 is enjoying, then it is Rybakina,” former skilled tennis participant Pam Shriver tweeted.

Świątek revealed afterwards that she was managing a rib damage and “not feeling 100% bodily,” though she nonetheless plans to play on the Miami Open subsequent week.

“Truthfully, I have never performed with a variety of accidents,” she added. “It is a new state of affairs for me, for positive. Final time I performed with an damage, like the one match I can bear in mind is like Roland Garros 2019. So I used to be fairly younger.

“Now it is a completely completely different stage. So I really feel like happening that matches you need to be 100% match.”

Rybakina will now face Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka for the Indian Wells title in a repeat of this yr’s Australian Open closing.