In-form Sabalenka powers into Abu Dhabi last

World quantity 10 Aryna Sabalenka says she’ll do every thing she will to maintain her profitable streak alive after she posted a 14th consecutive victory in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday to succeed in her third last in as many tournaments.

Sabalenka wanted simply 61 minutes to wrap up her 6-3, 6-2 success over the ninth-seeded Maria Sakkari within the UAE capital.

The 22-year-old from Belarus, who ended her 2020 season by choosing up back-to-back titles in Ostrava and Linz, accomplished an Arabian Gulf hat-trick in opposition to Sakkari, having additionally defeated the Greek in Dubai and Doha 11 months in the past.

The longest profitable streak in WTA historical past was Martina Navratilova’s 74-match run in 1984.

“It is an unbelievable quantity. In fact I might wish to go this far and I am going to do every thing I can to maintain profitable, so we’ll see,” mentioned Sabalenka of Navratilova’s document.

Sabalenka swept the opening three video games and was untroubled till Sakkari stopped her from serving out the primary set at 5-1. The Greek narrowed the hole however Sabalenka’s firepower delivered in recreation 9 as she secured a one-set lead in just below 30 minutes.

Sakkari loved a greater begin to the second set however Sabalenka wouldn’t relent, and the Belarusian quickly earned a double-break benefit en path to victory.

“She performed lights-out tennis, she gave me zero possibilities,” mentioned the 22nd-ranked Sakkari.

The fourth-seeded Sabalenka fired 22 winners in opposition to a mere eight unforced errors and might be concentrating on a ninth profession title when she faces both Marta Kostyuk or Veronika Kudermetova in Wednesday’s last.


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