Australian Open 2023: Aryna Sabalenka wins first career Grand Slam, continues dominant early season run

Aryna Sabalenka has actually declared the 2023 Australian Open title with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over ruling Wimbledon champ Elena Rybakina. The 24-year-old Sabalenka caught her very first profession grand slam with the triumph after making the United States Open semifinal each of the previous 2 seasons and the Wimbledon semifinals in 2021.

Sabalenka has actually now won 11 matches in a row. She has actually been dominant this year as she reached the semifinal round without losing a single set, and had actually won 20 successive sets heading into her very first significant last. 

After taking the very first set, Rybakina could not hang on in the back-and-forth match however had the ability to conserve champion point 3 times in the last set a deuce prior to a forehand cruised long to clinch the champion for Sabalenka.

The 2 hour and 28 minute seesaw fight saw big striking throughout from both gamers with Sabalenka outmatching Rybakina in winners (51-31) and aces (17-9). Both gamers likewise won 71 percent of their very first serve points.

“I want to [say] congrats to Elena for an incredible two weeks. You’re such a great player and of course we’re going to have many more finals…hopefully in the finals of a Grand Slam,” Sabalenka stated after the match of her challenger, who took house her very first Grand Slam songs title in 2015 at Wimbledon. 

2023 is now the 8th successive season existed has actually been a novice Grand Slam songs winner in the WTA, and 4 of the previous 8 Slams — Barbora Krejcokova 2021 French Open, Emma Raducanu 2021 United States Open, Rybaknia 2022 Wimbledon and Sabalenka 2023 Australian Open  — have actually been caught by newbie Grand Slam champs.  

Sabalenka will go up 3 areas in the WTA rankings to match her career-high ranking of No. 2 — which she reached on Aug. 23, 2021.

While the Belarus-born gamer completed separately and without a nationwide flag since of Australian Open guidelines developed after the Russian intrusion of Ukraine, Sabalenka did end up being the 2nd Belarusian gamer to win s songs Grand Slam champion, following two-time Australian Open champ Victoria Azarenka (2012, 2013) who lost to Rybakina in the semifinals at the Australian Open in 2023. 

Sabalenka has actually now won 4 out of the 5 matches in her all-time series versus Rybakina. Their just other conference at a Grand Slam had actually remained in in the Round of 16 at Wimbledon in 2021.

The leading gamers on the WTA trip head to the Middle East next for the WTA 500 Mubadala Abu Dhabi Open, WTA 500 Qatar TotalEnergies Open and WTA 1000 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. Grand Slam season resumes in 

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