In a spectacular display of skill and determination, Aryna Sabalenka, the world No.2, successfully defended her Australian Open crown by defeating Zheng Qinwen in the women’s final held at Rod Laver Arena on Saturday night.
Sabalenka’s commanding performance saw her clinch the title with a convincing 6-3, 6-2 victory over the 12th seed Zheng. The match lasted just one hour and 16 minutes, showcasing Sabalenka’s dominance on the court.
This triumph marks Sabalenka as the first woman since Victoria Azarenka in 2012 and 2013 to achieve back-to-back victories at the Australian Open. The world No.2 demonstrated her prowess by winning an impressive 84 percent of first serve points and successfully saving all four break points faced during the match.
In a post-match statement, Sabalenka expressed her commitment to consistency, stating, “It’s been in my mind that I didn’t want to be that player who win[s] it [one major] and then disappeared… I just wanted to show that I’m able to be consistently there, and I’m able to win another one.”
The Australian Open 2024 women’s final showcased Sabalenka’s exceptional skill and determination, solidifying her status as a tennis powerhouse.
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