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Australian Open 2023 Day Summary 26th Jan: Rybakina beats Azarenka, Djokovic’s Father seen chanting Pro Russian Slogans

Following a cagey first set in which Victoria Azarenka was worn out. Elena Rybakina defeated the two-time winner 7-6(4), 6-3 to advance to her maiden Australian Open 2023 final. The winner of the match between fifth-seeded Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka and unseeded Pole Magda Linette, who are competing in the second semi-final of the night session at Rod Laver Arena. They will proceed to face Wimbledon champion Rybakina. When it mattered most in a match marked by wild swings in momentum, Rybakina maintained her composure. She kept her composure as the 24th-seeded Belarusian Azarenka faltered in a chaotic first-set tiebreak. She dropped serve twice to go 5-2 adrift in the second set.

The 22nd-seeded Rybakina was broken as she served for the set. But Azarenka double-faulted to give up three match points in the next game. Thus, allowing the Kazakh to close out an emphatic win. Also Read: Australian Open 2023 Men’s Singles Semi-final Draw, Players, and Fixture

‘Long Live Russia’ says Djokovic’s Father in Australian Open 2023

Australian Open 2023 Day Summary 26th Jan: Rybakina beats Azarenka, Djokovic's Father seen chanting Pro Russian Slogans

After his father, Srdjan Djokovic, was caught on camera this morning standing with pro-Vladimir Putin protesters. Novak Djokovic was implicated in the Russian protest controversy at the Australian Open 2023. In the frightening Melbourne video, Srdjan is heard yelling in Serbian, “Long Live Russia.”

Pro-Russian supporters gathered outside the Rod Laver and Margaret Court arenas on Wednesday. After Djokovic easily defeated Andrey Rublev in straight sets to go to the semifinals, the crowd was loudly screaming “Russia, Serbia.” Four Australian Open spectators were questioned by Victoria Police this morning after allegedly threatening security at Melbourne Park. One of the suspects was proudly waving a Russian flag bearing President Putin’s face. And Srdjan has seemingly been spotted in a video, standing with the protestors before saying, ‘Long Live Russia’ and walking away.

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Abhijeet Chatterjee
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