High seed Elena Rybakina powered to a 6-1 6-4 win over Russian Daria Kasatkina within the remaining of the Abu Dhabi Open on Sunday to raise her second trophy of the season and seventh general.
The 2022 Wimbledon champion started the competition on Stadium Court docket in usually dominant vogue to seize an early break, however seventh seed Kasatkina struck again with certainly one of her personal solely to fall behind once more in blustery circumstances.
Rybakina regained composure to go 5-1 up on the again of massive serving as Kasatkina struggled for consistency and the 24-year-old Brisbane champion wrapped up the opening set in 25 minutes when her opponent despatched a forehand huge.
The pair had come into the competition having cut up their 4 conferences – all on hardcourts – and Adelaide runner-up Kasatkina confirmed loads of combat to drag two breaks again within the subsequent set with relentless baseline hitting and gorgeous winners.
Stage at 4-4, Rybakina turned the warmth as much as break the 26-year-old Kasatkina with a crosscourt scorcher and the Moscow-born Kazakh returned after a short rain delay to safe the victory on serve.
Each gamers will now head to Doha for the Qatar Open, with Kasatkina set to face Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in her opener on Monday whereas Rybakina has a bye into the second spherical.
“A troublesome week, particularly the final matches, and tomorrow is already a match in Doha (for Kasatkina),” Rybakina mentioned.
“Hopefully we each get well and do nicely there and possibly play remaining there.
“I wish to thank all of the followers who got here to help us. It has been an incredible ambiance and particularly to see the flags from Kazakhstan it actually means lots.”
Kasatkina, who got here via a gruelling semi-final in opposition to Beatriz Haddad Maia on Saturday that lasted almost three hours, was disenchanted with the loss however remained upbeat about her kind early within the season.
“Did I’ve sufficient within the tank for the ultimate? I squeezed every little thing that I had left and it wasn’t sufficient in opposition to a participant like Elena … you need to be at your finest to have an opportunity to beat her,” Kasatkina mentioned.
“Unlucky that the match ended this fashion however there’s a whole lot of positives within the week. There’s nothing to be unhappy about however in fact it is at all times disappointing to lose in a remaining.”