March 4, 2024

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Impressively, defender Aryna Sabalenka reaches the Australian Open final without dropping a set

Impressively, defender Aryna Sabalenka reaches the Australian Open final without dropping a set

Aryna Sabalenka had to make a huge effort for her Australian Open debut. US Open winner Coco Gauff struggled in the semi-finals, but in the end the defending champion won again in two sets.

Like Justine Henin or Kim Clijsters on their best days: Aryna Sabalenka shines at the Australian Open. She reached the semi-finals in Melbourne in a short time and without losing a set.

The Grand Slam tournament received a replay of the US Open final. Winner Corey “Coco” Gauff challenged Sabalenka once again.

This time the Belarusian came out on top. She opened the match with an ace and a powerful forehand.

Gauff struggled with her serve and trailed 5-3. However, Sabalenka did not immediately succeed in cashing the reward. Now I'm starting to make mistakes.

Goff took over and led 6-5. She was not able to serve the group. Sabalenka hit the tiebreaker and won the first set just under an hour later. It is striking that in previous rounds she had less time for full matches.

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In the second set, Aryna Sabalenka played less with fire. It was up 4-4.

Coco Gauff tried to catch up quickly with Sabalenka, but she couldn't compete with her tennis power. The second match point was a bingo game by former doubles partner Elise Mertens.

In the final on Saturday, Sabalenka will play against the winner of the match between Dagana Jastremska of Ukraine and Chinese player Cheng Qinwen.