He Abu Dhabi WTA 500 saw its first two seeded drop on Monday: Sofia Kenin (4th in the world) and Elina Svitolina (5th in the world) they lost in the quarterfinals.
The American won the first set 6-2 against Maria sakkari. But then the Greek (who came from eliminating Gauff and Muguruza) lit up and won 6-2 and 6-0. In the semifinals, he will face Sabalenka (fourth seed) who defeated Rybakina 6-4, 4-6 and 6-3 in the quarterfinals.
On the other side of the table, the second favorite fell: Elina Svitolina won 7-5 the first set but then Kudermetova (46th in the ranking) won 6-3 and 7-6 (3). The Russian will face the great revelation of Abu Dhabi in the semifinals: the Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk (99th in the world, 18 years old) beat Sara Sorribes-Torno by 0-6, 6-1 and 6-4.