Big-hitting Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka powers into her first ever Grand Slam semi-final after defeating Ons Jabeur in straight sets at Wimbledon
- Aryna Sabalenka won 6-4, 6-3 to set up a semi final with Karolina Pliskova
- Hard hitting Sabalenka dispatched the versatile Ons Jabeur in just 74 minutes
- Sabalenka finally broke ‘fourth round barrier’ with victory over Elena Rybakina
Second seed Aryna Sabalenka powered into her first grand slam semi-final with victory over Ons Jabeur at Wimbledon.
This was a classic contrast of styles, with the big-hitting Sabalenka against the versatile Jabeur, and it was power that came out on top as the Belarusian secured a 6-4 6-3 victory in just 74 minutes.
Sabalenka had struggled to match her form on the WTA Tour at the slams, admitting she was finding it difficult not to put too much pressure on herself to break through the fourth-round barrier.
Aryna Sabalenka celebrates after sealing her place in the semi finals of Wimbledon
Sabalenka produced a powerful performance to dispatch Ons Jabeur in straight sets
Jabeur couldn’t handle big-hitting Sabalenka’s power game as she crashed out of Wimbledon
She achieved that with victory over Elena Rybakina on Monday and played freely in her first grand slam quarter-final, keeping Jabeur on the defensive and not allowing the Tunisian trailblazer to spin her web of disruption.
They were neck and neck for eight games but Sabalenka held serve to make it 5-4 and then clinched the set with the first break in the 10th game, taking her fifth set point.
Jabeur, who had fought back from a set down against both Garbine Muguruza and Iga Swiatek, was the clear crowd favourite and fought back from 0-2 to 2-2.
But Sabalenka pulled ahead again and saved another break point to serve out the match and set up a semi-final clash with Karolina Pliskova.
Sabalenka (right) is congratulated by Jabeur (left) after winning their quarter final match
A dejected Jabeur makes her way off court after her straight sets defeat on Tuesday afternoon
Sabalenka will now face Karolina Pliskova in what will be her first grand slam semi final
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