21 Jun 2024, 18:12

Azarenka advances to Berlin semis as Rybakina pulls out

 BERLIN, June 21, 2024 (BSS/AFP) - Former Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina

pulled out of Friday's Berlin WTA tournament while trailing Victoria Azarenka
in the quarter-finals.

Rybakina, the third seed, was 1-3 down and visibly struggling in the first
set before pulling up at 15-all on her serve.

The 2022 Wimbledon champion also withdrew from Rome last month citing illness
before the quarter-finals, just before the French Open.

The 25-year-old Russian-born Kazakh was stunned by Italian Jasmine Paolini in
the quarter-finals of Roland Garros.

She will bid to recover for Wimbledon starting on July 1 where she lost in
the quarter-finals last year to Tunisian Ons Jabeur.

Former number one Azarenka, 34, will play either compatriot Aryna Sabalenka,
the second seed, or Russian Anna Kalinskaya in Saturday's semi-final.

Reigning Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova retired injured from her
second-round match in the Berlin grass-court event on Thursday against



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