In a display of sheer power and athleticism, Aryna Sabalenka passed Donna Vekic to advance to the Australian Open semi-finals, her second consecutive Grand Slam semi-final appearance after reaching the same stage. at the US Open last year.
Sabalenka took an hour and 49 minutes to record the 6-3 6-2 win, hitting an impressive 38 winners in the process. Although the Belarusian was hampered by the nuances of her service issues last season, she managed to overcome nine double faults to secure her victory.
Vekic had to deal with his own serve issues, hitting 13 double faults while winning just 26% of his second serves. This allowed fifth-seeded Sabalenka to capitalize on 5 of the 13 break points in the match, while Vekic failed to do the same, the Croatian veteran was only able to break her opponent at 2 out of 14 innings. That was enough for the world No. 5, who used her hard-hitting style of play to pressure Vekic and advance to another Grand Slam semi-final.
While waiting for Sabalenka in the semi-finals, unranked Polish star Magda Linette stunned former world No. 1 Karolina Pliskova in their previous quarter-final encounter to reach her first major semi-final.