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    Rybakina Stuns Świątek in Gruelling Semifinal Clash at Porsche Tennis Grand Prix

    In an electrifying semifinal showdown at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Iga Świątek’s quest for a third consecutive title came to an end in a gruelling three-set battle against Elena Rybakina. With a final score of 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, Rybakina showcased her resilience and skill, overcoming the formidable challenge posed by the World No. 1.

    Świątek kicked off the semifinal with a dazzling display, quickly breaking Rybakina’s serve in the opening game with a flurry of exquisite shots. However, Rybakina swiftly countered in the fourth game, levelling the score and nullifying Świątek’s early advantage. Despite Świątek’s relentless pursuit, Rybakina maintained her composure to secure the first set 6-3.

    The momentum shifted in the second set as Świątek staged a remarkable comeback, clawing her way back from a precarious position to level the match at one set apiece. Despite Rybakina’s initial dominance, Świątek’s unwavering resolve saw her claim the set 6-4, setting the stage for a tense decider.

    Both players demonstrated their exceptional tennis prowess, fiercely contesting each service game in a battle of skill and determination. However, it was Rybakina who capitalized on a momentary lapse from Świątek, breaking her serve to clinch the decisive set 6-3 and secure victory in three sets.

    Despite Świątek’s courageous efforts, Rybakina emerged triumphant, booking her spot in the final where she will face the winner of the Marta Kostjuk versus Marketa Vondrousova clash. 

    Iga Świątek – Elena Rybakina 1-2 (3-6, 6-4, 3-6)

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