Aryna Sabalenka suffered little, by 28°C and under a hot sun, to quickly overcome Donna Vekic, in less than two hours of play (6-3, 6-2), Wednesday, in the quarter-finals of the ‘Australian Open.
It is the fourth time that the 24-year-old Belarusian has reached the semi-finals of a Grand Slam tournament but it is the first time that she has done so in Melbourne. “It’s a very special momentshe said on the edge of the court, at the microphone of Jelena Dokic. I’m very happy with this victory, it was really great to play here and the atmosphere was incredible, thank you all! »
In a one-way match, where Aryna Sabalenka was superior in all areas of play, from the shortest point to the most disputed exchange, Donna Vekic did not have the keys to counter the opposing power, too superior.
A good record against Linette
From 3-3 in the first set, the Croatian conceded six games in a row (6-3, 3-0) and, despite three break points at 6-3, 5-2, she did not manage to make the meeting last longer. In difficulty on her serve (9 aces but 9 double faults in total), Sabalenka did not leave her match and won thanks to a new unforced error from Vekic, her twenty-fifth in seventeen games.
Faced with the Polish Magda Linette, against whom she easily won the only two duels that opposed them (6-1, 6-3 and 6-2, 6-1, each time on hard court), Aryna Sabalenka will try to qualify for the first Grand Slam final of his career on Thursday.