Aryna Sabalenka won her first Grand Slam title after coming from behind in the Australian Open final

In her first experience in the final of a major tournament, the Belarusian tennis player Arina Sabalenka He came from behind his competition to win his first Grand Slam title 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 For the Kazakh player Elena Rybakina In the end Australian Open Circuit. It was one more win in his impressive start to the year, but one he will never forget in his career as it allowed him to lift the trophy. Melbourne.

So far 2023, Sabalenka There is a perfect foja 11-0 And he dropped just one set, precisely the first set played this Saturday Melbourne ParkIt was for Kazakhstan RybakinaThe current champion Wimbledon.

But Sabalenka Turned the match around with an aggressive style 51 winners, 20 more than his competitor. In addition, he added 17 The tickets He managed to break serve after seven double faults RybakinaExpert in service, on three occasions, the last with a benefit 4-3 In the third set he already held until the end.

Sabalenka He had to work hard to win the title of champion. What will last when pulled out GamesIn his first match there was a double fault Competition point And three more were needed to win a Grand Slam title for the first time.

when Ryabkina After nearly two-and-a-half hours, the final was sent to a long back-and-forth, Sabalenka He fell to his knees in court and remained there for a long time, his eyes filled with tears and his face covered with his hands.

Arina Sabalenka poses with her rival Elina Rybakina (REUTERS/Loren Elliott) with the Australian Open Champions Trophy.
Arina Sabalenka poses with her rival Elina Rybakina (REUTERS/Loren Elliott) with the Australian Open Champions Trophy.

Sabalenka She is a very powerful player whose strongest point is also her biggest weakness: the serve. Although perfectly doable The tickets, also has the known problem with double faults. Last year he led the tour in that category with nearly 400, and he played in more than 20 tournaments.

At the urging of his team, Augustil agreed to tweak his service mechanics, which is now paying off with a commitment to trying to stay calm under pressure.

Sabalenka was 0-3 Until his exit in the Grand Slam semifinals Magda Lynette In Melbourne. She didn’t start well in the final either, but she bounced back from the results to win the trophy, which will allow her to become the new No. 2 in the WTA rankings.

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