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Aryna Sabalenkaq dominates to secure back-to-back Australian open titles

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Aryna Sabalenka, the formidable Belarusian powerhouse, successfully defended her Australian Open title on Saturday.

Sabalenka, the world number two, faced off against China’s Zheng Qinwen, the 12th seed, and emerged victorious with a resounding 6-3, 6-2 victory in just 76 minutes.

With this triumph, Sabalenka becomes the first woman in over a decade to achieve the remarkable feat of consecutive Australian Open victories.

Throughout the tournament, Sabalenka showcased an unparalleled combination of power and poise, bulldozing her way to the title without dropping a set in any of her seven matches.

Her exceptional performance on Rod Laver Arena solidifies her status as one of the most consistent contenders in Grand Slam events. Notably, the last woman to successfully defend her Australian Open title was fellow Belarusian Victoria Azarenka in 2013.

Sabalenka’s journey to the championship was characterized by vivid displays of her signature crushing groundstrokes, coupled with a consistently reliable serve.

The final against Zheng was no exception, as Sabalenka’s red-hot form overwhelmed her opponent from the outset.

Zheng, who reached her first Grand Slam final without facing a seeded player due to early upsets on her side of the draw, found herself outmatched by Sabalenka’s prowess.

The Belarusian seized an early break in Zheng’s opening service game, setting the tone for the match. Despite Zheng’s efforts to get into the contest, Sabalenka maintained control and closed out the first set in 33 minutes.

The second set saw Sabalenka asserting her dominance even further, breaking Zheng’s serve early and displaying an array of shots, including a perfectly executed drop shot.

Despite Zheng’s tenacity and saving four championship points, Sabalenka ultimately secured her 14th career title, reaffirming her status as a force to be reckoned with on the Grand Slam stage.

While Zheng may have fallen short in the final, her journey marked a breakthrough tournament, propelling her into the world’s top 10 when the new rankings are released next week.

As Sabalenka celebrates her triumph, she maintains her number two ranking, with Iga Swiatek, who exited the tournament in the third round, holding the top spot.

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