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25 Jan 2023
John Eastwood 25 Jan 2023
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  • Elena Rybakina vs Victoria Azarenka preview, predictions & tips
  • The Australian Open semi-final is being played on Thursday (08:30 GMT)
  • Rybakina won in straight sets in her only match against Victoria Azarenka
  • Can Azarenka reach a third final in Melbourne?
  • Get our best bets from the first Grand Slam of the year
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Rybakina beat Azarenka 6-3 6-4 at the 2022 Indian Wells Open (Getty)

Elena Rybakina vs Victoria Azarenka Predictions


Elena Rybakina has hit top form and the Wimbledon champion is looking good for another Grand Slam. Victoria Azarenka deserves respect here, but the two-time Australian Open winner is set to come up short against the 23-year-old.
  • Elena Rybakina vs Victoria Azarenka Predictions
  • Head to Head
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  • Victoria Azarenka Stats
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Head to Head


Elena Rybakina is 1-0 against Victoria Azarenka, winning 6-3 6-4 at the 2022 Indian Wells Open.

Elena Rybakina Stats


Nationality: Kazakhstan
Age: 23 (17 June 1999)
Height: 6'0" (184 cm)
Plays: Right-Handed
World Ranking: 25
Career High: 12 (January 2022)
Career Singles Titles: 3
2023 Singles Titles: 0
Career Grand Slam Singles Titles: 1 (2022 Wimbledon)
Australian Open Best Result: Third Round (2020)

Elena Rybakina Form


Elena Rybakina had a poor start to the year, suffering a second round defeat to Marta Kostyuk in the first event in Adelaide before a first round defeat to Petra Kvitova in the second event.

The Wimbledon champion put that behind her at the Australian Open, beating Elisabetta Cocciaretto 7-5 6-3 and Kaja Juvan 6-2 6-1 before getting past Danielle Collins 6-2 5-7 6-2 in the third round.

The 23-year-old upset World No.1 Iga Swiatek 6-4 6-4 before breezing past Jelena Ostapenko 6-2 6-4 in the quarter-finals, winning 50% of her 2nd serves and saving 7/8 break points.

Victoria Azarenka Stats


Nationality: Belarus
Age: 33 (31 July 1989)
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
Plays: Right-Handed
World Ranking: 24
Career High: 1 (January 2012)
Career Singles Titles: 21
2023 Singles Titles: 0
Career Grand Slam Singles Titles: 2 (2012 & 2013 Australian Open)
Australian Open Best Result: Winner (2012, 2013)

Victoria Azarenka Form


Victoria Azarenka started the year at the first event in Adelaide where she suffered a 6-4 6-7 7-6 quarter-final defeat to Linda Noskova.

The 33-year-old was beaten 2-6 7-6 6-4 by World No.9 Veronika Kudermetova in the first round at the second event.

The Belarusian cruised through the opening two rounds at the Australian Open, beating Sofia Kenin 6-4 7-6 and Nadia Podoroska 6-1 6-0.

Azarenka went the distance in her next two wins, defeating Madison Keys 1-6 6-2 6-1 and Lin Zhu 4-6 6-1 6-4. She smashed an under par Jessica Pegula 6-4 6-1 in the quarter-finals, winning 52% of her 2nd serves and saving 2/4 break points.

Live Stream


Watch Elena Rybakina vs Victoria Azarenka in the Australian Open semi-final on Thursday 26 January 2023 (scheduled start 08:30 GMT).

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Verdict

Elena Rybakina made light work of Iga Swiatek and Jelena Ostapenko, the Wimbledon champion on course to win another Grand Slam.

Victoria Azarenka has done well at Australian Open, a tournament she has won twice, but Rybakina should be too good here and reach the final.

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