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Elena Rybakina Advances to Mubadala Abu Dhabi Open Quarterfinals with a Comeback Win

Abu Dhabi, February 08, 2024, The Europe Today: No. 1 seed Elena Rybakina showcased her resilience at the Mubadala Abu Dhabi Open, securing a spot in the quarterfinals after a hard-fought victory against Danielle Collins. The Kazakhstan star rallied from a set down to claim a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 triumph in a two-hour, 17-minute battle.

Rybakina, now holding a 3-1 record against Collins, faced challenges in the second and deciding sets but displayed composure to secure the win. Trailing 3-2 in the second set and 2-1 in the final set, she managed to turn the match in her favor. The victory sets her on a collision course with Spain’s Cristina Busca, who secured her quarterfinal spot with a 7-6 (1), 7-5 win over Great Britain’s Heather Watson.

In other matches, No. 8 Liudmila Samsonova of Russia cruised to the quarterfinals by defeating Ukraine’s Anhelina Kalinina with a convincing score of 6-1, 6-3. Samsonova is set to face No. 4 Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic, who advanced with a 6-2, 1-0 lead before Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tomo was forced to retire.

The Mubadala Abu Dhabi Open continues to witness intense competition as top players vie for supremacy in this prestigious tournament.