Elena Rybakina, the formidable tennis player from Kazakhstan ranked fourth in the WTA, clinched her sixth career title and the season's first at the Brisbane International, QazMonitor reports.
In a stunning display, Rybakina defeated the World No.2, Arina Sabalenka of Belarus, with a commanding score of 6-0, 6-3. The Brisbane final, a rematch of their previous Australian Open encounter, showcased Rybakina's dominance and marked her third hard-court title, with the first being in Hobart in 2020.
The competition in Brisbane highlighted the evolving rivalry between Sabalenka and Rybakina, both entering the final without dropping a set. Although Sabalenka had a 5-2 lead in their head-to-head record, Rybakina's recent victories, especially this significant one in Brisbane, underscore a shift in the dynamics of their competitive relationship.