Sabalenka Stays Hot, Wins Abu Dhabi Over Kudermetova

Sabalenka clinches third straight title with Abu Dhabi win

Aryna Sabalenka heads to next month's Australian Open brimming with confidence after she captured a third consecutive title by outclassing Veronika Kudermetova 6-2, 6-2 in the Abu Dhabi final on Wednesday to extend her winning streak to 15 straight matches. "That's why I am really proud of and happy with this title".

"I was doing everything I could in each match from the beginning, and I'm really happy to start this season with a title", Sabalenka said following the hour-long final.

Kudermetova will be playing in her maiden WTA singles final following a 7-6 (10-8) 6-4 victory over Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine.

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.

"I'm just focusing on the right things".


Sabalenka ended 2020 in red hot form and has carried on where she left off at Zayed Sports City International Tennis Centre to stand on the brink of claiming a third successive title.

Kudermetova had little trouble through her first three service games and she held a break point in the sixth game of the match, but a strong serve by Svitolina erased the opportunity.

"She played lights-out tennis, she gave me zero chances", said the 22nd-ranked Sakkari. In the round of Last 16 the Belarusian defeated world number 31 Ons Jabeur of Tunisia 6-2, 6-4 and secured a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win over Kazakhstan's world number 19 Elena Rybakina in the quarterfinal. "It was really tough, but I tried to be focused until the end".

"As soon as you stop working on improving your game, you'll start losing, and I think that's the key of successful people", she added.

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