The winter break didn’t have an effect on his confidence, quite the opposite. After ending 2020 with a bang with two titles in Ostrava and Linz, Aryna Sabalenka begins 2021 on the hats of the wheel. The Belarusian left no probability for the Greek Maria Sakkari on Tuesday within the semi-final in Abu Dhabi, sweeping her in straight units (6-3, 6-2) and solely 57 minutes of play, registering on the similar time her 14th consecutive victory on the WTA Tour. For the title within the United Arab Emirates, she’s going to face the Russian Veronika Kudermetova (forty sixth on the planet) who beat the younger Ukrainian of 18 years Marta Kostyuk (99th) in two units additionally (7-6, 6-4).
Nonetheless, Maria Sakkari appeared to pose an actual menace. The Greek had impressed in her earlier matches, successively eliminating Cori Gauff, Garbine Muguruza and the match’s primary seed, Sofia Kenin. However she couldn’t do something in opposition to Sabalenka who inflicted on her a 4th consecutive defeat of their direct confrontations.
With 22 successful strokes for 8 small unforced errors and a top quality of service (85% of factors received behind her first ball), the tenth participant on the planet was intractable. On Wednesday, she’s going to attempt to win the ninth trophy of her profession – the third in a row on the circuit – on the event of her thirteenth ultimate.