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WTA Finals: World number one Aryna Sabalenka beats Elena Rybakina to reach semi-finals

Belarus' Aryna Sabalenka returns the ball against Kazakhstan's Elena Rybakina

Sabalenka finished runner-up at last year’s WTA Finals after losing to Caroline Garcia of France

World number one Aryna Sabalenka defeated Elena Rybakina to secure her place in the last four of the season-ending WTA Finals in Cancun, Mexico.

Sabalenka led 6-2 3-5 against Rybakina when play was suspended at 23:40 local time on Thursday due to stormy weather.

The Kazakh levelled the tie within two minutes of play being resumed, but Sabalenka eventually claimed a 6-2 3-6 6-3 victory.

“I didn’t really think a lot about this match,” she told Tennis Channel.

“I was just like, whatever. I’m going to go out there and do everything I can and if I win, I win and if I lose, I go home on vacation.

“I was just trying to play as good as I can.”

The Belarusian, who is set to retain her world number one ranking if she reaches the final, joins American group winner Jessica Pegula in the semi-finals.

Rybakina and eighth-seeded Greek Maria Sakkari are eliminated from the group stage.

All four players in the other group are still in contention for the semi-finals.

US Open champion Coco Gauff faces Wimbledon winner Marketa Vondrousova, while world number two Iga Swiatek – this year’s French Open champion – is up against Ons Jabeur later on Friday.

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