Honestly Ostapenko wasn't really worse from the baseline, but serve quality difference between her and Lena was way, way too much. Second major semifinals for the big Kazakh, let's go!
No way Rybakina moves better than Ostapenko, even at her weight Ostapenko moves and defends well.Q: What does Ostapenko do when she faces a player who hits even harder than she does, and with much less effort, moves better than she does, is much fitter, and has a vastly better serve?
A: 1) She makes a lot of faces. 2) She questions a lot of electronic line calls. 3) She loses.
Oh and for those who wish to point out Ostapenko won their previous two encounters, it needs to be pointed out that Rybakina has worked extremely hard to improve her game over the last two years and it has paid dividends, while Ostapenko game has changed not one iota.
Her Slam winning window has probably closed. The longest anyone has gone between Slams in the open era is 5 years, which only 5 players have achieved - Federer, Becker, Sanchez Vicario, Pierce and Kuznetsova. In fact, only 3 of these 5 players went a full 5 years without a Slam. Ostapenko hasn’t won a Slam in almost six years and hasn’t even gotten close really.I really wish Queen Aljona buckled down and focused on this match. She spent too much energy on complaining about perfectly legitimate calls. The talent to win multiple slams is there. She just needs to keep her head in the game. Well done to Rybakina. I won’t be surprised if she wins it all.