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26 January 2023, 14:47

Azarenka misses out on Australian Open final

MINSK, 26 January (BelTA) – Belarus' world number 24 Victoria Azarenka lost to world number 25 Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, 6-7 (4-7), 3-6 in the 2023 Australian Open semifinal, BelTA has learned.

In the final Elena Rybakina will face either world number 5 Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus or Poland's world number 45 Magda Linette.

On her way to the semifinal Victoria Azarenka beat world number 203 Sofia Kenin of the United States, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), saw off world number 191 Nadia Podoroska of Argentine, 6-1, 6-0, defeated world number 13 Madison Keys of the United States, 1-6, 6-2, 6-1, solved China's world number 87 Zhu Lin, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, and dispatched world number 3 Jessica Pegula of the United States, 6-4, 6-1. Victoria Azarenka won the Australian Open in 2012 and 2013.

The men's semifinals will be played on 27 January. World number 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece will play Russia's world number 20 Karen Khachanov, and Australian Open nine-time winner Novak Djokovic of Serbia (World No.5) will take on world number 35 Tommy Paul of the United States.

The Australian Open prize money for 2023 is $51.5 million. Winners in the men's and women's singles events will get $2 million each. The tournament at the Melbourne Park hard courts will be over on 29 January.

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