Cabrera’s winning run in Hobart ends
Lizette Cabrera pushes world No.30 Elena Rybakina to three sets in Hobart International quarterfinals.
World No.30 Elena Rybakina has halted Lizette Cabrera’s sensational run at the Hobart International.
Aiming to reach a first WTA semifinal, Cabrera pushed the third-seeded Kazakh in a late-night quarterfinal. Rybakina, who made a WTA final in Shenzhen last week, posted a 7-6(4) 6-7(2) 7-5 victory in a two hour, 37 minute battle against the gallant Australian.
Elena Rybakina gets the hard fought win over Cabrera!
— WTA (@WTA) January 16, 2020
Cabrera had enjoyed an impressive run in Hobart this week. The No.129-ranked wildcard upset eighth seed Caroline Garcia in the opening round, before overcoming big-serving Czech Kristyna Pliskova in three sets to reach her first WTA-level quarterfinal since October 2017. It also marked the first time the 22-year-old from Queensland had recorded consecutive top-100 victories in her career.
Projected to rise to a career-high ranking of No.121 next week, Cabrera now turns her attention to the Australian Open. Cabrera, a wildcard entry, has drawn a qualifier in the opening round.
Australia's women in the first round at #AO2020:
 @ashbarty v Tsurenko@bambamsam30 v qualifier
[WC] @lizzycabrera97 v qualifier
[WC] @astrasharma v  Kontaveit@Ajlatom v  Sevastova
[WC] @arinarodionova v Bondarenko
[WC] @pribo98 v Kuzmova#AusOpen #GoAussies
— TennisAustralia (@TennisAustralia) January 16, 2020