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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Fifth seed Aryna Sabalenka outmuscled Donna Vekic 6-3 6-2 in a ferocious battle of massive hitters on Wednesday to achieve the semi-finals of the Australian Open for the primary time.
The 24-year-old, the one top-10 seed left within the draw, took her probabilities in a bodily one-hour first set plagued by break factors earlier than working away with the second.
Vekic had held a 5-1 profession report towards Sabalenka however was unable to match the extent of the brand new, improved model of the Belarusian with 13 double faults not serving to the Croatian’s trigger.
Sabalenka accomplished the semi-final line-up after 109 minutes on Rod laver Enviornment and can play Polish shock bundle Magda Linette on Thursday for a spot in her first Grand Slam closing.
(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney in Sydney; Enhancing by Peter Rutherford)