Aryna Sabalenka takes third straight title with Abu Dhabi win

Tanya Simon
January 14, 2021

After registering impressive victories in their previous matches, 4th seed Aryna Sabalenka took on the woman in form Maria Sakkari in the semifinal of the WTA Abu Dhabi Open 2021. Her 15-match win-streak is her career-long.

The No.4 seed from Belarus Aryna Sabalenka defeated Veronika Kudermetova of Russian Federation 6-2, 6-2 to win the Abu Dhabi Open. "Some matches, I didn't feel my serve, some matches I didn't feel my forehand or backhand, but I would just keep fighting, finding my shots, and that this is what I'm really proud of, and really happy with this title".

Sabalenka beat Kudermetova in the only match they have played, in 2015 at the challenger circuit.

'I will keep improving my game, keep working on some things, Sabalenka said.

After finishing 2020 with season-ending trophies at Ostrava and Linz, Sabalenka started her new campaign in the same vein in Abu Dhabi.

The Abu Dhabi Open final between Sabalenka and Kudermetova will be their first meeting in nearly six years - going back to the ITF Antalya Open in 2015.

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"I'm really happy to keep winning, and I'll do everything I can to keep winning". Kudermetova was playing in her first tour final.

"I'm really proud that I was fighting no matter what".

"I have a little bit more experience than Marta, she is really young, she's 18".

"I'm really looking forward to this final", Sabalenka said, adding she was trying to focus on improving her footwork. Prior to today's semi-final win, the Russian's win-to-loss record in the semi-finals of tournaments was a one-sided 0-4.

The doubles final is also set for Wednesday, with No.5 seeds Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara facing No.8 seeds Hayley Carter and Luisa Stefani for the title.

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