Rybakina cruises to Stuttgart title in straight-sets win over Kostyuk

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Elena Rybakina had little trouble beating Marta Kostyuk 6-2 6-2 to win the Stuttgart Open on Sunday, her third title this year.

The fourth seed from Kazakhstan broke at love in the opening match and advanced to the first set, broke again to make it 5-2 and then held on at love.

Kostyuk had no answer and when her opponent broke serve again in the first game of the second set, the unseeded Ukrainian cut a desperate figure as she fell to her knees.

Rybakina, who defeated world number 1 and winner of the last two titles Iga Swiatek in the semi-finals, showed no mercy and Kostyuk forced her only break points during the match when she was 3-2 down in the second set.

If there was to be a comeback, this was Kostyuk’s chance, but the 21-year-old looked close to tears as she failed to capitalize on three break points and looked constantly frustrated at her coach in the crowd.

After holding serve, Rybakina broke again to make it 5-2 and leave her serve for the match. After hitting 10 aces in her win over Swiatek, she didn’t need any to dismiss Kostyuk.

Rybakina adds the Stuttgart title to her wins at the Brisbane International and Abu Dhabi Open this year. For Kostyuk, this was her second final defeat of 2024, after losing the decider of the San Diego Open in March.