Sabalenka into Abu Dhabi final with 14th straight win

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Aryna Sabalenka swept into the last of the Abu Dhabi Open with her 14th successive win, beating Maria Sakkari 6-3, 6-2 on Tuesday.

Sabalenka struck 8 aces to reserve a last versus Veronika Kudermetova or Marta Kostyuk in the very first WTA competition of the year.

“I’m really looking forward to this final,” Sabalenka stated, including she was attempting to concentrate on enhancing her footwork. “I’m just focusing on the right things. This helps me to, first of all, not think about all these wins, and secondly, to keep winning.”

Sabalenka ended up last season with wins at the indoor competitions in Ostrava and Linz, and the Belarusian has actually won her very first 5 matches of the brand-new season in Abu Dhabi. She is 8-4 in profession trip finals and has actually won her last 5. Sabalenka will increase to seventh on the planet rankings if she wins the Abu Dhabi title on Wednesday.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.