It was already known that the Australian Open is going to get a new queen. That’s it. In the women’s category, Arina Sabalenka won the trophy by defeating Alina Rybakina.
The Belarusian girl defeated the beauty of Kazakhstan 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 at the Rod Laver Arena. At the end of the match, there was a close fight.
Players from Russia and Belarus cannot play under the country’s flag in this tournament. But the trophy went to the player from Belarus. And the one who was on the opposite side, Rybakina is a Russian player.
This Russian beauty started playing for Kazakhstan three years ago. As a result, members of both exiled countries played in the final of the women’s tennis.
Sabalenka’s entry into tennis was sudden. He went out for a day in the car with his father. Some tennis courts suddenly came into view on the road. The arena fell in love with the game while walking around the court holding her father’s hand.
Until 2017, no one knew him that way. After his success with the Fed Cup team of Belarus, he gradually started to gain recognition. Sabalenka has since reached the finals of three out of four WTA tournaments.
By 2019, he had entered the top ten in singles. He was the second-ranked player in the world in doubles. Won three WTA trophies in 2021. Became world number two in singles. He won the top spot in doubles. Despite being in good form last year, he could not reach the final of any Grand Slam. That regret was fulfilled in the first Grand Slam of this year.
Sabalenka won a Grand Slam for the first time. Before reaching the semi-finals once at Wimbledon and twice at the US Open, he could not even reach the final, far from winning the Grand Slam. That drought was cut by coming to the Australian Open.
However, Sabalenka fell behind early in the match. He fell one set behind. Having won Grand Slams before, Rybakina seemed more confident. He was playing like that.
However, from the second set, the daughter of Belarus started to respond. Two players who are known to be aggressive and powerful hitters at the same time faced each other in the final. So the game has been played in the past.
After Rybakina won the first set, Sabalenka returned to the match in the second set. From the start of the third set, it was a tight battle. Both players were holding their serve. Sabalenkai went forward by breaking. He made a great comeback in the seventh game. Then took the game with an overhead winner.
Even after that, the Kazakh beauty did not give up. Fight for the last game. So much so that Sabalenka could not capitalize on the first three times despite being one point away from winning the trophy.
Three times ‘deuce’ is played. Sabalenkai eventually won the trophy with a fourth championship point.