Abu Dhabi Open: Aryna Sabalenka beats Maria Sakkari to set up final clash against Veronika Kudermetova
Sabalenka had eight aces in her 6-3, 6-2 victory over Maria Sakkari. Kudermetova defeated 18-year-old Marta Kostyuk 7-6 (8), 6-4.
Abu Dhabi Open: Veronika Kudermetova beats second seed Elina Svitolina; Maria Sakkari, Aryna Sabalenka into semis
Kenin lost to ninth-seeded Maria Sakkari 2-6, 6-2, 6-0 in the quarter-finals. Svitolina lost to unseeded Russian Veronika Kudermetova 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (3).
Kasatkina was the first winner of the new season, beating Wang Qiang 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 after trailing 2-0 in the deciding set. It was the Russian's first match since October, and Wang's first since March.