Sabalenka storms past Sakkari into Abu Dhabi final

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Aryna Sabalenka‘s aggressive game was spotless in her Abu Dhabi WTA Women’s Tennis Open semifinal against Maria Sakkari, as the fourth-seeded Belarusian made a total of just eight unforced errors en route to a 6-3 6-2 victory.

Sabalenka was in control throughout the match, even though at one point in the first set she allowed the ninth-seeded Sakkari to recover from 1-5 to 3-5. Twenty-two winners, including eight aces, and 83% of points won on first serve helped the world No.10 win this encounter in just 61 minutes.

The 22-year-old Sabalenka is now on a 14-match winning streak and is just one win away from her third consecutive WTA title, having ended the 2020 season with title runs in Ostrava and Linz.


  1. Only 8 unforced errors. That is unheard of for Aryna. She has got off to a great start in 2021. Now if she could only be this consistent in the Grand Slam events.

  2. Jim, here’s her third title in a row. The final was pretty much one-sided. Aryna has been unstoppable these last few weeks/months.


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