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Mubadala Abu Dhabi Open: Haddad Maia defeats Rybakina, faces Bencic in semi-final

Beatriz Haddad Maia won against Elena Rybakina 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 on Friday. She’ll play Swiss Belinda Bencic, the second seed, in the next round

Beatriz Haddad Maia November 1, 2022, FORT WORTH, TEXAS, UNITED STATES: Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil in action during her first round-robin doubles match of the 2022 WTA Finals Fort Worth tennis tournament (Zuma/Panoramic)
Mubadala Abu Dhabi Open •Quarter-final • completed
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Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia, the No 6 seed, advanced to the last four of the Mubadala Abu Dhabi Open by defeating Kazakh Elena Rybakina, the No 3 seed, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 on Friday.

Haddad Maia, ranked No 14, will face Swiss Belinda Bencic, the second seed, next.

The Brazilian has now won six straight matches against players ranked in the top 10, a streak that extends back to 2019.

The Brazilian won against Czech Marie Bouzkova (4-6, 6-3, 6-0) and edged out Kazakh qualifier Yulia Putintseva (6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (4)) ahead of her victory.

In the previous round, Rybakina, ranked No 10, beat Czech Karolina Pliskova (6-4, 6-2).

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