Elena Rybakina has beaten Zhang Shuai 7-6 (7), 6-3 in the Hobart International final to win her second title on the WTA Tour

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January 18, 2020, 7:46 AM

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HOBART, Australia — A year after failing to qualify for the Australian Open, Elena Rybakina will enter the season’s first major with a seeding and fresh off a title after beating Zhang Shuai 7-6 (7), 6-3 in the Hobart International final on Saturday.

The 20-year-old Rybakina surged more than 150 places in the WTA rankings in 2019 to finish at No. 37. She’ll enter the Australian Open, which starts Monday in Melbourne, as the 29th seed after reaching the final

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