Richmond Times-Dispatch

Sabalenka, Kudermetov­a to vie for title


Aryna Sabalenka reached the final of the Abu

Dhabi Open after winning her 14th straight match and will face VeronikaKu­dermetova for the first WTA title of the year.

Sabalenka had eight aces in her 6-3, 6-2 victory over Maria Sakkari. Kudermetov­a defeated 18-yearold MartaKosty­uk 7-6 (8), 6-4.

Sabalenka finished last season with wins at the indoor tournament­s in Ostrava and Linz and has won her first five matches of the new season in Abu Dhabi.

♦ No. 4 seed Hubert Hurkacz advanced to his second career ATP Tour final by beating qualifier Christian Harrison 7-6 (4), 6-4 at the Delray Beach (Fla.) Open. Hurkacz’s only other final was in 2019, when he won in Winston-Salem, N.C., to become the second Polish tour-level champion in the Open era. His opponent Wednesday will be the winner of Tuesday night’s match between SebastianK­orda and Cameron


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