Aryna Sabalenka, World No. 2, Secures Back-to-Back Australian Open Titles
Aryna Sabalenka clinched her second consecutive Australian Open title with a stellar performance, defeating China’s Zheng Qinwen 6-3, 6-2 in just 1 hour and 16 minutes. This victory marks Sabalenka as the first woman to achieve back-to-back wins in Melbourne since Victoria Azarenka in 2012 and 2013.
Sabalenka’s dominant fortnight included winning all 14 sets and conceding only 31 games. Zheng, playing in her first Grand Slam final, struggled under pressure, with Sabalenka breaking early and maintaining control throughout.
Despite a brief delay due to a protest, Sabalenka continued her momentum in the second set, securing an early break and closing out the match with only five games conceded – the fewest in an Australian Open final since 2012.
In her post-match interview, Sabalenka expressed joy at her consistent performance and emphasized her desire to prove that her Grand Slam victory was not a fluke. She credited her improved mental toughness, contrasting her current mindset with the past.
With this win, Sabalenka solidifies her position as the World No. 2, trailing closely behind Iga Swiatek. Meanwhile, Zheng attains a career-high No. 7 ranking, acknowledging the need to enhance her mental resilience in crucial moments for future challenges.