190km fearsome river serve… Rivakina advances to Australian Open semifinals

Last year’s Wimbledon tennis tournament women’s singles winner Elena Rivakina (25th in the world, Kazakhstan) advanced to the semifinals of the 2023 Australian Open with a strong serve.

Livakina defeated Yelena Ostapenko (17th, Latvia) 2-0 (6-2, 6-4) in the quarterfinals of her Australian Open singles held at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia on the 24th (Korean time). Rivakina won her first major fight against Ostapenko after a two-fight loss. 메이저사이트

On this day, Rivakina overpowered Ostapenko with her strong serve, which reached a maximum speed of 190 km/h. She had a huge 11-1 lead on the serve ace, and a 24-19 lead on the winner as well. She calmly responded to the variables that occurred during the game and secured victory. The first set was stopped for nearly 30 minutes due to rain. Afterwards, when the roof of the Rod Laver Arena was closed, the confrontation continued in the arena, which was transformed into an ‘indoor court’.

“In Australia, the weather can change completely after just a few hours, so you have to be prepared for the weather,” Rivakina said after the match. In the round of 16, he also created a sensation by defeating Ga Sibiong Tech (1st place, Poland), who was considered the 0th favorite to win this tournament, 2-0 (6-4 6-4). Rivakina was confident of winning, saying, “I think anyone can win.”

Rivakina was originally from Russia. However, he changed his nationality to Kazakhstan in 2018, which promised solid support. On the same day, Rivakina competes with Victoria Azaranka (24th, Belarus), who defeated champion Jessica Pegula (3rd, USA) 2-0 (6-4, 6-1), to advance to the final. Azaranka and Rivakina faced each other once at the BNP Paribas Open in March last year, and Rivakina won 2-0 (6-3 6-4).

In the men’s division, Stefanos Tsitsipas (4th place, Greece) advanced to the singles semifinals for the third consecutive year. Tsitsipas defeated Irji Rehecka (71st, Czech Republic) 3-0 (6-3 7-6 <7-2> 6-4) in the singles quarterfinals on the same day. Tsitsipas continued his strong appearance at the Australian Open by reaching the semifinals of the tournament for the fourth and third consecutive year following the 2019, 2021, and 2022 tournaments. Tsitsipas will challenge Karen Khachanov (20th, Russia), who withdrew from Sebastian Koda (31st, USA) in the previous game, to advance to the first Australian Open final. Tsitsipas is on a five-game winning streak against Khachanov.