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The moment was long in coming, but it finally happened; Aryna Sabalenka defeated Elena Rybakina in the final of the Australian Open to get her first Grand Slam title, the one that was missing from her collection and that now confirms her as one of the best tennis players in the world.
The Belarusian has one of the most powerful arms on the circuit and her talent is undeniable, however, she had not been able to leven reach a Grand Slam final and this start of the season ended with all doubts; after seeing her tearful and frustrated multiple times in the past year, Melbourne turned those tears into pure joy.
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On paper she was the favourite, ten wins consecutive games and a series dominated 3-0 over the Kazakh placed her on top, however, she had They had to work on the match so that in three long sets, and after two hours and 28 minutes, the 4-6, 6-3 and 6-4 scoreline confirmed her as champion.
During their previous duels, Aryna never started losing the first set against Rybakina and this time the Kazakh was imposing conditions, although the pleasure did not last long, because once Sabalenka began to pick up pace the game became intractable for Elena. She went from losing the first set with nine unforced errors to scoring 17 aces and 51 winners, this was Sabalenka’s evolution in the match.
The title in the first Grand Slam of the year in the twelfth in the career of Aryna Sabalenka, who can now boast that she has won in all WTA categories.
Sabalenka will be number two in the world
Winning the Australian Open will mean for Sabalenka an important jump in the ranking, because to occupy the fifth position, the Belarusian will jump up to second place.
As of Monday, Aryna will appear as number two in the world, since with the points obtained she will reach 6,100, which places her sJust below Iga Swiatek, who will lead the classification with 10,485 units.
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The third site will be occupied by Ons Jabeur, while Jessica Pegula and Carolina Garcia complete the top 5.
The ranking as of Monday
- Each Swiatek 10485
- Aryna Sabalenka 6100
- Our Jabeur 5210
- Jessica Pegula 5000
- Caroline Garcia 4645
- Coco Gauff 3992
- Mary Sakkari
- Daria Kasatkina 3380
- Belinda Bencic 3905
- Elena Rybakina 2815
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