Sabalenka reaches Abu Dhabi final after claiming 14th straight win

Aryna Sabalenka wins Abu Dhabi Open for her third straight WTA tour title

"That's why I am really proud of and happy with this title".

Sabalenka needed just 61 minutes to wrap up her 6-3, 6-2 success over the ninth-seeded Maria Sakkari and will take on Russia's Veronika Kudermetova in the title decider in the UAE capital on Wednesday.

After not facing any sort of trouble, Kudermetova faced triple break point and on the third of those, she was able to break and serve out the set leading 6-5 and a game later, a backhand miss by Kudermetova sealed the set for the second seed.

"I was doing everything I could in each match from the beginning (in Abu Dhabi) and I'm happy to start the season with a title", Sabalenka said.

The longest winning streak in WTA history was Martina Navratilova's 74-match run in 1984. "Of course I'd like to go this far and I'll do everything I can to keep winning, so we'll see", said Sabalenka of Navratilova's record. "I'm going to Australia, I'm confident with one thing, that I will do everything I can to win matches". However, Sakkari Brokeback and held her serve to make it 5-3, much in vain. Overall, Sabalenka won 31 points and Sakkari won 15 points out of the 46 played in the set.

Kudermetova defeated 18-year-old Marta Kostyuk 7-6 (8), 6-4.

In a closely-contested match, very little separated the pair, with Kudermetova's five service breaks to Kostyuk's four making the difference in the match.

In the final on 13 January the Belarusian will face either world number 99 Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine or world number 46 Veronika Kudermetova of Russian Federation. "From the baseline she was dictating and playing really big".

"Every final is really something special, and I would say, finals are a different competition", the Belarusian stated.



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