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Swiatek lost again to the 'defeat' Rybakina

Published:2023-03-18 By Vy Anh(MetaSports) Comments
USAIga Swiatek ran out of chances to defend her BNP Paribas Open title when she lost 2-6, 2-6 to Elena Rybakina, who eliminated her at the Australian Open.

The defeat came at the right time when Swiatek was in high form, not losing a set on the way to the semi-finals. The world number one tennis player after the match said he had a problem with his ribs and will stay in California for tests, before deciding to attend the Miami Open next week.

Swiatek only had nine winner points for the whole match, half of Rybakina. Compared to the match at the Australian Open, the Kazakh player was more dominant in this reunion. Rybakina lost only 37 points, the best number a Swiatek opponent has done since Garbine Muguruza in 2021.

Rybakina's opponent in the women's singles final was Aryna Sabalenka. This is the rematch of the two players who played in the Australian Open final earlier this year. This is the first time the WTA has seen this since 2012, when Maria Sharapova met Victoria Azarenka.

The BNP Paribas Open men's singles semi-finals will take place tonight. Number one seed Carlos Alcaraz vs Jannik Sinner. Two players have created the best match in history in the quarterfinals of the US Open last year. That match Alcaraz saved the match-point and then defeated Sinner after more than five hours of fighting.

The player with the most impressive winning streak of the season, Daniil Medvedev, played Frances Tiafoe in the first semi-final, at 3 am on March 19 (Hanoi time). Medvedev went through two consecutive three-set matches, before beating Davidovich Fokina in the quarterfinals. The Russian tennis player showed signs of weakness in Indian Wells, often getting angry but still winning thanks to his durable ball play.

Tiafoe lost to Medvedev in all four previous meetings but is in good form. The American tennis player did not lose a set on the way to the semifinals. Serve and forehand are the weapons that Tiafoe needs to develop when meeting Medvedev, who is considered a master of defense.

"I'll try to avoid hitting myself," Tiafoe told a pre-match press conference. "I have become more mature and can make it difficult for opponents. I don't think too much about the way Medvedev plays. I just focus on myself and believe that if I do well, I have a good chance."

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