Australian Open: Elena Rybakina breezes past Jelena Ostapenko
Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina swept past 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko to reach her first Australian Open semi-final.
Rybakina fired 11 aces and 24 winners as she claimed a dominant 6-2 6-4 victory over Latvia’s Ostapenko.
The Kazakh wrapped up victory in one hour and 19 minutes following a lengthy rain delay on Rod Laver Arena.
Rybakina, who is seeded 22nd, will face either American world number three Jessica Pegula or two-time champion Victoria Azarenka for a place in the final.
In the mens draw, Karen Khachanov from Russian will contest his first Australian Open semi-final after Sebastian Korda was forced to retire with a wrist injury.
Korda was growing into the match when he began to struggle with his right wrist, taking a medical timeout midway through the second set.
The American lost seven straight games on his return before retiring with the score at 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 3-0.
Khachanov will play either third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas from Greece or rising Czech star Jiri Lehecka for a place in Sunday’s showpiece.
Writing by Tersoo Nicholas