Aryna Sabalenka beat Elena Rybakina 4:6, 6:3, 6:4 to win the Australian Open 2023 on Saturday.
The 11th win in a row this year also means that the Belarusian will return to second place in her career behind Iga Swiatek. The fight lasted 2 hours and 29 minutes.
It was the first time champion Adelaide Sobolenko had lost a set in 11 matches this year, and nerves began to falter a little before she pulled herself together and saved two break points in the first game of the next set.
Sobolenko filed right through 17 times, made seven double faults and converted 3 break points out of 13. Rybakina scored nine aces, one double fault and two realized break points out of seven earned.
The Belarusian tennis player walked over to Rybaka’s side of the court and hugged her before rising to hug her team in her playing box.
“I would like to congratulate Aryna.. I know how hard you have worked for that,” said Rybakina. “Hopefully we’re going to have many more battles.
“I had goosebumps when everyone was cheering for us.. I’m looking forward to coming back next year.. It was an amazing two weeks for me and hopefully I’m going to have the same results and even better.”
The total prize fund of the Australian Open – 2023 was $ 51,384,291. In 2022, Australian Ashleigh Barty, who completed her career as the first racket of the world, won it.