Aryna Sabalenka Wins Australian Open

Belarusian tennis professional, Aryna Sabalenka wins her first grand slam title in Australia when she defeated reigning Wimbledon Champion Elena Rybakina in the final on Saturday, 28 January 2023.

The 24-year-old, ranked outside the top 75, rose to fame in 2017 when she had a runner-up finish at the Belarus Fed Cup. Following this event, Sabalenka rose to success on the WTA tour, reaching four finals in 2018 and achieving eight top ten victories.

She continued to shine in singles in 2019 winning three titles in China and winning the WTA Elite Trophy at the end of the year. Due to her events in 2018 and 2019, she was ranked 11th in the world in singles.

During 2019, when Sabalenka started playing doubles with her partner, Elise Mertens, they were ranked 73rd in the world. She completed the Sunshine derby by winning two mandatory tournaments in March which were the Indian Wells Open and the Miami Open.

In the final of the US Open, Sabalenka and Mertens defeated their competition in straight sets for their first career Grand Slam title in any discipline. With this win, Sabalenka made her top 10 debut in doubles, ranked 6th in the world. In 2021, Sabalenka and Mertens were ranked world no.1 in the doubles competition after winning the doubles competition at the Australian open in 2021.

Sabalenka competed at the Cincinnati Open in 2022 and despite losing her opening-round match to Paula Badosa, she reached a career high ranking of No.2 in the world.

Sabalenka won her first title since Madrid in 2021 and her 11th Women’s Tennis Association career title after she entered Adelaide as the second seed for the Australian Open.

This year, she reached her first ever Australian Open quarterfinal this year. She beat Donna Vekić and secured her spot in the grand slam semifinal. Sabalenka won her 10th consecutive match, beating Magda Linette in the semi-finals to make her first ever major final.

 

By gsport Intern, Jessica De Lira

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