Indian Wells Open: Rybakina Knocks Out Swiatek To Book Place In Women's Final
Elena Rybakina knocked out defending champion Iga Swiatek with a 6-2, 6-2 semi-final victory at Indian wells to set up a clash against Aryna Sabalenka in the final.
Two months after Rybakina knocked Swiatek out of the Australian open in the fourth round, the Wimbledon champion once again put in an impressive display against the world number one.
Rybakina was in control from the start, breaking early to take a 2-nil lead, before going on to clinch the first set when Swiatek produced a double fault on set point.
Swiatek tested Rybakina's serve in the first game of the second set, but the Kazakh held under pressure and then won the next four games to take a 5-nil lead.
The pole saved a break point to hold and avoid a bagel before breaking to further reduce the arrears, but Rybakina broke back immediately to extinguish the comeback and secure the win.