Experience the thrill of Aryna Sabalenka’s stunning triumph at the Australian Open 2024. Read how she secured back-to-back victories, dominating the court with precision and leaving her mark on tennis history. Don’t miss the highlights of this epic showdown.
Aryna Sabalenka clinched her second consecutive Australian Open title with a masterful display, overpowering China’s Zheng Qinwen 6-3, 6-2 in the women’s final on Saturday. Unyielding from the start, Sabalenka dominated Zheng’s service games, securing victory in just 1 hour and 16 minutes.
Her back-to-back triumph makes her the first woman since Victoria Azarenka in 2012 and 2013 to achieve such a feat in Melbourne.
Sabalenka’s flawless fortnight included winning all 14 sets and conceding only 31 games. Zheng, the 12th seed, faced the pressure of her first Grand Slam final and struggled from her opening service game. Despite a brief rally, Sabalenka broke early, maintaining her dominance throughout the match.
The second set mirrored the first, as Sabalenka capitalized on Zheng’s errors to secure an early break. A minor protest briefly interrupted play, but Sabalenka broke again in the fifth game, sealing the match with the fewest games conceded in an Australian Open final since 2012.
In her post-match conference, Sabalenka expressed joy at her consistent performance and the validation of her Grand Slam prowess. Reflecting on her growth since last year, she emphasized improved emotional control and focus.
Sabalenka, known for her hard-court prowess, aims to evolve into an all-court player, eyeing success at Roland Garros and Wimbledon. Meanwhile, Zheng acknowledged her slow start and highlighted the importance of seizing opportunities against a formidable opponent like Sabalenka.
With this victory, Sabalenka solidifies her No. 2 world ranking, trailing closely behind No. 1 Iga Swiatek, while Zheng achieves a career-high No. 7 ranking. Sabalenka’s quest for further Grand Slam victories remains fueled by her determination to be a consistent force on all surfaces.