Rybakina Rolls Boulter At Wimbledon; Swiatek, Svitolia v Azarenka Sunday

by Staff | July 8th, 2023, 5:20 pm
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Defending champion Elena Rybakina destroyed the last British title hope Katie Boulter 6-1, 6-1 in 57 minutes at Wimbledon Saturday evening.

Rybakina hit seven aces and lost just 11 points on serve under the roof, as Boulter had no answers for the world No. 3.

Rybakina has now won her last 10 matches at Wimbledon, and she’ll now meet French Open semifinalist Beatriz Haddad Maia. The Brazilian lefty got past Sorana Cirstea 6-2, 6-2 to reach her first Wimbledon fourth round.

Aryna Sabalenka got over on Anna Blinkova 6-2, 6-3. Sabalenka, ranked No. 2, finished with nine aces, gave away eight doubles, was 5 of 9 on break chances and was broken twice in the win.

“I’m still happy. It’s still a little celebration because of making the second week. But the goal is to go as far as I can. Just trying to stay focused,” Sabalenka said.

Up next for the Belarussian is No. 21 Ekaterina Alexandrova who overwhelmed Dalma Galfi 6-0, 6-4 to reach her first Grand Slam fourth round. The Russian had 91 unforced errors yesterday, but just 15 today.

Petra Kvitova also advanced holding on to beat the tricky qualifier Natalija Stevanovic 6-3, 7-5.

“She wasn’t there just showing up for the third round,” Kvitova said. “She really played well in quallies, winning two rounds here beating a seeded player as well. So I knew it would be tough, and it was.”

The two-time Wimbledon champion and fan favorite will meet 2022 runner-up Ons Jabeur who rallied to beat Bianca Andreescu 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. The match was suspended for rain for 45 minutes at 3-2 in the third.

“I got to thank the rain a little bit for letting me speak to my coach and have a better perspective about the match,” Jabeur said.

“I felt like I didn’t play my best tennis,” she added. “I wanted to be more aggressive and just play my game, but I’m playing against a Grand Slam champion, such an amazing champion and she made the mission tougher today.”

Eastbourne champion Madison Keys is cruising. The American notched her 16th straight set and 8th consecutive match win taking out Marta Kostyuk 6-4, 6-1. She’ll await the delayed Anastasia Potapova-Mirra Andreeva winner.

Tomorrow, Iga Swiatek returns against Belinda Bencic. No. 4 Jessica Pegula battles Lesia Tsurenko, No. 19 Victoria Azarenka locks up with fellow mom Elina Svitolina and in the all-Czech affair it’s No. 32 Marie Bouzkova against Marketa Vondrousova.

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