The 24-year-old, the only seed in the top 10 in the draw, tried her luck in a physical hour-long first set littered with break points before running away with the second.
Vekic had held a career record of 5-1 against Sabalenka but was unable to match the level of the new improved version of the Belarusian with 13 double faults not helping the Croatian’s cause.
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Sabalenka completed the semi-final line-up after 109 minutes of play Rod washing Arena and will play the Polish surprise package Magda Linette Thursday for a place in his first Grand Slam final.