Ryvakina and Sabalenka face off in Australian Open women’s final

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Everything looked so different and even so difficult about trying to win a Grand Slam title. Elena Rybakina The story from a little over half a year ago has become quite natural now.

And if we can win one more match, we will add the championship in the next tournament. Australian Open To what she collected at Wimbledon.

Kazakhstan’s 23-year-old Rybakina has reached her second final in three major tournaments. Victoria Azarenka A 7-6 (4), 6-3 win at Melbourne Park on Thursday marks a rapid rise to the top of tennis.

After hitting nine aces in the semifinals and recording a tournament-high total of 44, Ryvakina said, “Everything was new at Wimbledon. Now I more or less know what to expect. ‘ said.

It may come in handy on Saturday. She will face No. 5 seed Alina Sabalenka of Belarus. Alina Sabalenka reached her first Grand Slam title match at the age of 24 when she defeated unseeded Magda Linette 7-6 (1) 6-2 in Thursday’s second semifinal.

Sabalenka has improved to 10-0 in 2023 and has won all 20 sets this season.

More importantly, the win over Lynette gave Sabalenka her first taste of success in the Slam semifinals.


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