Alexandrova Shocks Rybakina, Advances to Adelaide Semis

In a stunning upset at the Adelaide International quarter-finals, unseeded Ekaterina Alexandrova delivered a humbling defeat to world number three Elena Rybakina. The Australian Open runner-up struggled to find her rhythm, succumbing 6-3, 6-3 to the determined Alexandrova at the IS Bindra Punjab Cricket Association Stadium on Thursday.

Rybakina, who had recently triumphed over Melbourne Park champion Aryna Sabalenka, faced an early setback as Alexandrova seized a 4-0 lead. Despite a spirited comeback attempt by the top seed, the counter-punching prowess of Alexandrova proved too much, securing the opening set with a break.

The Kazakh player found herself trailing further in the second set, and although she staged another comeback, Alexandrova demonstrated resilience, overcoming a 0-40 deficit at 5-3 to seal the victory. The loss serves as a challenging prelude for Rybakina, who is set to face Karolina Pliskova in her opening clash at the Australian Open.

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Next up for Ekaterina Alexandrova is a formidable challenge against former world number five Jelena Ostapenko. Ostapenko, who claimed the 2017 French Open title, continued her momentum with a 7-5, 6-3 triumph over Marta Kostyuk.

Reflecting on her performance, Ostapenko expressed satisfaction, stating, “It was a tough match, but finally I won in two sets. I managed it. I feel I was striking the ball well.”

In other matchups, second seed Jessica Pegula secured a hard-fought victory over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, setting up a clash with Daria Kasatkina. In the men’s draw, Jack Draper surprised top seed Tommy Paul to advance to the semifinals against Alexander Bublik.

The Adelaide International promises more exciting tennis action, setting the stage for intense battles as players vie for coveted spots in the tournament’s final stages.