World No 5 Elena Rybakina recorded the Mubadala Abu Dhabi Open title with a callous straight-sets success versus Daria Kasatkina.
Previous Wimbledon champ Rybakina sealed her seventh profession title on the WTA Trip and 4th on a difficult court as she alleviated previous world No 14 Kasatkina 6-1 6-4.
The Moscow-born Kazakh delighted in a winning week in Abu Dhabi, that included triumphes over Danielle Collins, Cristina Bucsa and No 8 seed Liudmila Samsonova before squashing the hopes of Kasatkina in the last.
Elena Rybakina has actually won her 2nd title of 2024 (Brisbane & & Abu Dhabi), she has actually currently equalled her most titles won in a single WTA season which was 2023 (Indian Wells & & Rome)
It’s her seventh WTA title
The success moved Rybakina to 11-2 on the season, having actually won her very first title of the year in Brisbane last month, and now she will head to Doha for the opening WTA 1000 competition of the season at the Qatar Open.
Kasatkina was coming off a three-hour marathon to edge previous Beatriz Haddad Maia in the semi-finals and it displayed in the opening set as Rybakina raced through it, assisted in part by 16 unforced mistakes from her challenger.
In spite of falling a break down in the next Kasatkina tossed care to the wind and drew in Rybakina to level at 4-4.
However Rybakina upped the pace and a blistering return video game allowed her to break in the next before serving out for an extensive success following a quick rain disruption.
Runner-up Kasatkina stated: “To lose finals is not a good thing however as Daniil Medvedev stated after Australian Open, it’s much better to play 3 finals than to lose 3 preliminaries. So I’ll take that. It’s his birthday today by the method, pleased birthday.”
Previously in the day, it was not to be for Heather Watson as Sofia Kenin and Bethanie Mattek-Sands took home the doubles title, beating the Brit and Linda Noskova 6-4 7-6 (7-4) in the last.
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