(CNN) Elena Rybakina defeated globe No. 1 Iga Świątek in straight sets on Friday to attain the Indian Wells final and continue her electric run of kind this season.
Świątek had no answer to the effective groundstrokes unleashed by the Wimbledon champion as the Pole was overwhelmed six-two six-two in an hour and 16 minutes.
With this victory, Rybakina became the initially player to win numerous matches against a reigning globe No.1 due to the fact 2019, just after she defeated the Świątek in the fourth round of the Australian Open earlier this year.
“With Iga, she’s challenging, genuinely challenging opponent, but when I play this fantastic and anything goes in — due to the fact right now some moments I played, I would say, on my highest level — [these are] moments exactly where you can really feel, okay, I can beat any individual if I often play like this,” stated Rybakina just after her win.
“But it really is the objective, you by no means really feel awesome and ideal just about every match. I consider right now it was just genuinely fantastic from me.”
The two players met in the fourth round of the Australian Open earlier this year.
The globe No. ten was dominant from the start off, breaking Świątek at the initially chance and winning the initially set in just 36 minutes.
Rybakina then raced to a five- lead in the second just before Świątek held and broke back to stem the tide somewhat, but the Kazakh held on for victory, becoming the initially player from her nation to attain a singles final in tournament history. Rybakina was born in Russia but has represented Kazakhstan due to the fact 2018
“If you dropped onto the planet tonight and heard #1 is playing, then it really is Rybakina,” former qualified tennis player Pam Shriver tweeted.
Świątek revealed afterwards that she was managing a rib injury and “not feeling one hundred% physically,” though she nonetheless plans to play at the Miami Open subsequent week.
“Honestly, I have not played with a lot of injuries,” she added. “It is a new scenario for me, for confident. Final time I played with an injury, like the only tournament I can try to remember is like Roland Garros 2019. So I was quite young.
“Now it really is a entirely diverse level. So I really feel like going on that matches you have to be one hundred% match.”
Rybakina will now face Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka for the Indian Wells title in a repeat of this year’s Australian Open final.
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