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Rybakina out of Australian Open after tie-break drama

 


Unseeded Russian Anna Blinkova dumped world number three Elena Rybakina out of the Australian Open on Thursday, squandering multiple match points in a final-set tie-break lasting more than 31 minutes before sealing victory.

Blinkova, ranked 57, won the first set 6-4 and last year’s finalist Rybakina hit back to win the second by the same scoreline, but the match hinged on a breathtaking tie-break at Blinkova won 22-20.

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