Rybakina Reaches Miami Open Final After Thrilling Azarenka Victory

Rybakina Reaches Miami Open Final After Thrilling Azarenka Victory

Elena Rybakina, the 2023 Wimbledon champion, is on the cusp of claiming her maiden Miami Open title after a hard-fought victory over former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka in the semifinals. The Kazakh star overcame a second-set setback and a late surge from Azarenka to prevail 6-4, 0-6, 7-6 (2) in a thrilling encounter that lasted over two and a half hours.

Rybakina, who has been in impressive form throughout the tournament, started the match strongly, breaking Azarenka's serve in the opening set. However, the Belarusian responded with a dominant second set, winning it to love. The third set was a tense affair, with both players trading breaks. Rybakina eventually regained her composure and won the tiebreaker 7-2 to seal the victory.

"It was an unbelievable atmosphere," Rybakina said after the match. "I really enjoyed it. It was such a tough battle. For me, this tournament has been a marathon since Day 1, and I'm really happy I made it to the final."

Rybakina's victory sets up a championship clash against either Ekaterina Alexandrova or Danielle Collins. The Kazakh has a 4-0 record against Azarenka and will be confident of extending her winning streak in the final.

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