Sabalenka reached the semifinals for the second consecutive year, holding on to beat Elena Rybakina 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 on Friday in a contest repeatedly interrupted by showers the night before. That made Sabalenka 2-1 and allowed her to finish second in the other round-robin group, behind the unbeaten Pegula.
Gauff dropped four consecutive games and 16 of 21 points to go from leading the opening set to dropping it and trailing 1-0 in the next. There was a 25-minute rain delay early in the second set; perhaps that helped Gauff regroup a bit.
Still, Vondrousova managed to get in front and serve for the victory at 6-5 in the second. Gauff broke there to stay in it. And after briefly trailing in the third set, too, Gauff grabbed five of the match’s last six games. Vondrousova went 0-3 in the group stage.
“Every match, you want to win, but I knew that I needed to get (at least) a set — and hopefully a win — to even have the chance to move on,” Gauff said, “so I’m really happy I was able to buckle down and do my best to get through that.”
“Really tough conditions, and I’m super happy that I was able to get this win, no matter what,” said Sabalenka, who double-faulted 15 times.
This was a rematch of the Australian Open final in January, also won by Sabalenka.
Rybakina was eliminated with the loss Friday. 안전놀이터
There were a half-dozen rain delays during Thursday’s stop-start-stop action. 신규사이트
“Just so much ups and downs,” said Rybakina, who won Wimbledon in 2022. 온라인슬롯