‘Power hitter’ Arina Sabalenka (24, Belarus) tasted the thrill of her first Grand Slam victory with her explosive serve and strong stroke.
The 2023 Australian Open (AO) women’s singles final held at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne Park, Australia on the afternoon of the 28th. Sabalenka, ranked 5th in the world, won the 2-1 (4-6, 6-3, 6-4) come-from-behind victory over Elena Rivakina (23, Kazakhstan), 25th in the rankings as the queen of Wimbledon last year, and became the main character of the championship trophy. . It was a close battle that lasted 2 hours and 28 minutes. Her winning prize was $2.975 million (3.67 billion won). 스포츠토토
Savalenka has reached the semifinals four times in the Grand Slam women’s singles, and was thrilled to be the first to reach the final and win. Rivakina tried to win her second Grand Slam title in women’s singles after winning at Wimbledon last July, but she was thwarted.
In the head-to-head match, Sabalenka recorded a 4-game winning streak. All were 2-1 victories. Sabalenka’s best performance in women’s singles at the Australian Open was advancing to the fourth round (round of 16) last year. Savelenka has twice won the women’s doubles at the Australian Open last year and the US Open in 2019. In singles on the WTA Tour, she reached the top 11 times.
Sabalenka had 17 sub aces on the day, showing an advantage over Rivakina with 9. Winners also completely overwhelmed their opponents (31) with 51. The top speed of the serve was 192 km/h for Savalenka, behind Rivakina at 195 km/h. Sabalenka, however, also recorded seven of her double faults.