Sabalenka clinches third consecutive title with easy win in Abu Dhabi By Reuters

(Reuters) – Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka got off to a good start to her 2021 season with a comfortable 6-2, 6-2 win over Russia’s Veronika Kudermetova to secure the WTA 500 event in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday and extend her winning streak to 15 matches. After finishing 2020 with end-of-season trophies in Ostrava and Linz, the strong Sabalenka started her new campaign along the same lines in Abu Dhabi and will rise to number seven in the world when the WTA rankings are updated on Monday. It was the ninth title overall for fourth-seeded Sabalenka, 22, as she will now head to Melbourne for the first Grand Slam of the year at the Australian Open next month.

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