Aryna Sabalenka made a strong start to her 2021 season with a comfortable 6-2 6-2 win over Veronika Kudermetova of Russia to clinch the WTA 500 event in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday and extend her winning streak to 15 matches.

After finishing 2020 with season-ending trophies at Ostrava and Linz, the strongly built Sabalenka started her new campaign in the same vein in Abu Dhabi and will rise to world number seven when the WTA rankings are updated on Monday.

WTA Linz
Sabalenka and Mertens reach Linz semi-finals
13/11/2020 AT 20:32

It was the ninth title overall for the fourth-seeded Sabalenka, 22.

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WTA Ostrava
Sabalenka outguns Azarenka to win inaugural Ostrava Open
25/10/2020 AT 15:56
WTA Ostrava
Sabalenka launches remarkable comeback after trailing 6-0, 4-0
23/10/2020 AT 19:40