Aryna Sabalenka saved maintain of her crown on the Australian Open after defeating Qinwen Zheng, 6-3, 6-2, in 76 minutes. She ended up successful the trophy with out dropping a set.
The one hassle she encountered was making an attempt to shut the match. She missed two forehands and obtained a drop shot at 5-2 and 40-0. If she wished to offer a bit of extra suspense and pleasure to the end result, she acquired it.
The tennis participant from Minsk imitates her compatriot Victoria Azarenka, the final to efficiently defend the scepter of the primary main within the 2012 and 2013 editions.
“Victory, the pleasure of Belarus.” So started President Alexander Lukashenko’s congratulatory letter to Azarenka after successful the primary title.
“The Motherland thanks you on your nice achievement, which can eternally be inscribed within the historical past of Belarusian sport,” the politician continued. After 12 years, his different favourite sportswoman has made him proud.
Azarenka did not win any extra majors, one thing that Sabalenka is eager to do given her performances. This was her second consecutive remaining after the one she misplaced on the US Open to Coco Gauff. If Iga Swiatek is the undisputed queen of the clay, the arduous floor is engraved with the identify of the Belarusian.
Qinwen’s dream of being the brand new Na Li must wait. She has time on her facet as a result of she is barely 21 years and 109 days outdated and is already the seventh ranked participant.
Sabalenka performed with the stress of being the favourite by way of rating and for being the reigning champion of the match. The beginning of the ultimate was key to see how that might affect her.
The Belarusian confirmed no nerves, breaking her opponent’s serve from the beginning and shortly opening a 3-0 lead.
Zheng observed the distinction between enjoying towards a ‘High 10’ participant and enjoying towards opponents down the rankings. The Chinese language participant took benefit of the trail that had offered itself to get into the ultimate. Not one of the gamers who had been on the opposite facet of the bracket have been among the many prime 50.
Sabalenka was untouchable on serve, hitting 188 kilometers per hour, and that gave her added confidence. Within the final 20 years, solely Serena Williams (2007) had accomplished a remaining with out dropping her serve. It was towards Maria Sharapova.