Arina Sabalenka or Elena Rybakina, one of these two tennis players, will say goodbye to the WTA Finals after the group stage. Unfortunately, their direct confrontation was brutally interrupted. Tennis players fought not only with each other.
The WTA Finals in Cancun, Mexico kicked off on Sunday, October 29th and will run until Sunday, November 5th. Iga Swiatek joined the Chetumal group along with Marketa Vondrousova, Ons Jabeur and Coco Gauff. The Pole won both of her matches and will almost certainly advance from the group.
Arina Sabalenka is still afraid to leave the group. The match was interrupted
In turn, the Bakalar group, which was called the “group of death,” included: Maria Sakkari, Jessica Pegula, Elena Rybakina and Arina Sabalenko. Surprisingly, the Belarusian lost to Jessica Pegula, who is already confident of first place in the table. After Kazazka’s victory over Maria Sakkari with a score of 6-0, 6-7(4), 7-6(2), it became clear that Arina Sabalenko and Elena Rybakina would fight for second place in this group in a direct fight.
This clash began after 2:30 a.m. Polish time. Unfortunately, the match was interrupted due to bad weather conditions – heavy rain and gusty winds. Both players battled each other and the weather until almost 6:00, but no semi-finalist was chosen. In the second set, the match was stopped with a score of 5:3 in favor of Elena Rybakina. Aryna Sabalenka won the first game with a score of 6:2. The meeting will resume on Friday, November 3rd.
Iga Swiatek could return to the top spot after the WTA finals
Both tennis players faced each other six times. The score in these matches is 4-2 in favor of the world number one. One of the most important matches was the final of this year’s Australian Open, which ultimately went to Aryna Sabalenka with a score of 4:6, 6:3, 6:4. It was the Belarusian’s first Grand Slam singles title. The last time both tennis players met each other was at the WTA tournament in Beijing. Then Elena Rybakina was in the lead 7:5, 6:2.
This match is very important for Aryna Sabalenka, because if she is eliminated from the WTA finals after the group stage, and Iga Swiatek wins the title, then the Pole will return to the place of the leader of the WTA rankings. Let us remind you that Rashinka lost her lead after the US Open.
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