Elena Rybakina secures her sixth consecutive victory in the Round of 16 at the Adelaide International, defeating Cristina Bucsa 6-3, 7-5.
Rybakina faced a challenging test, with Bucsa playing toe-to-toe for an hour and 30 minutes, pushing the former Wimbledon champion to her limits.
Cristina Bucsa showcased her skills with rapid baseline redirections, unexpected drop shots, and excellent net play, surprising Rybakina during the match.
Rybakina, the World No.3, extended her impressive winning streak, having lost only 15 games in her previous five matches in Brisbane.
The match against Bucsa proved to be Rybakina's toughest of the season, with the Spaniard persisting and challenging her throughout.
Rybakina credited her opponent's strong performance, stating that it was tough to adapt to the conditions, especially with Bucsa's effective forward play.
Despite 18 unforced errors, Rybakina's first serve remained formidable, helping her save seven break points, including four in the opening set.
Bucsa, ranked No.61, managed to break Rybakina's serve for the seventh time, tying the match 3-3 in the second set after the Kazakh missed a crucial volley.
The outcome of the match remained uncertain until the end, with Rybakina breaking Bucsa again at 6-5 and securing victory with an 11th ace on the second match point.
In the quarterfinals, Rybakina is set to face Ekaterina Alexandrova, who defeated No.8 seed Veronika Kudermetova in straight sets.