Elena Rybakina hits 10 aces for 12th straight win in Miami

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Reigning Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina extended her winning streak to 12 games by delivering 10 aces — her fourth straight game with at least that many — in a 6-3, 6-0 win over Martina Trevisan 25th place in the quarterfinals of the Miami Open Tuesday.

Rybakina has 46 aces in four games at the Florida hard court tournament and a WTA-leading 201 this season.

The 23-year-old, who represents Kazakhstan, improved to 20-4 in 2023, including a run to the Australian Open final in January and a title in Indian Wells, California last week.

She is attempting to become only the fifth player to win the women’s trophies at Indian Wells and Miami in the same season. The leader Iga Swiatek made it a year ago; She retired from Miami this time because of a rib injury.

“Of course it would be great to achieve something like that,” said Rybakina in 10th place about the prospect of completing the so-called Sunshine Double, “but it’s still a long way off.”

So far in Rybakina’s career, 13 of her 18 semifinal appearances have come on hard. She will compete against #3 Jessica Pegula or #27 Anastasia Potapova for a spot in the finals.

Trevisan reached the semifinals of the French Open in 2022.

In Tuesday’s men’s fourth round, No. 2 Stefanos Tsitsipas was beaten by No. 14 Karen Khachanov 7-6(4), 6-4 while defending champions Carlos Alcaraz, Taylor Fritz and Jannik Sinner all outright defeated all seeded opponents puts.

Alcaraz, who returned to No. 1 in the ATP rankings last week, edged out Australian Open semifinalist Tommy Paul 6-4, 6-4 to clinch a meeting against Fritz, the top-ranked American and ninth-placed in Miami set to prepare.

Fritz compiled twice as many winners, 22, as unforced errors, 11, and gave up just once in a 6-3, 6-4 win over No. 7 Holger Rune. With that, Fritz reached his first quarterfinals in seven games in Miami – and his first matchup against Alcaraz, a 19-year-old Spaniard who won the US Open for his first Grand Slam title in September.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” said Fritz. “I think a lot of people are really looking forward to it too.”

No. 10 Sinner eliminated No. 6 Andrey Rublev 6-2, 6-4 and is yet to drop a set in the tournament.

Sinner’s next opponent will be unseeded Emil Ruusuvuori, a 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 winner over No. 26 Botic van de Zandschulp.

Elena Rybakina hits 10 aces for 12th straight win in Miami originally appeared on NBCSports.com

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