Aryna Sabalenka defeats Elena Rybakina to win Australian Open in three-set thriller
Aryna Sabalenka fought from a set right down to defeat Elena Rybakina and win the Australian Open, her first grand slam title.
In an exhilarating battle over two hours and 29 minutes, the 24-year-old from Belarus gained 4-6 6-3 6-4 in opposition to the Wimbledon champion Rybakina, who was denied a second grand slam title.
In profitable her first grand slam ultimate, Sabalenka prolonged her profitable run to 11 matches to start out the season, however the fifth seed was compelled to return from behind after dropping her first set since that run started.
Nevertheless Sabalenka, who began the 12 months in red-hot kind after fixing her serve and addressing her psychological strategy through the low season, turned the match round with a robust show of shot-making from the baseline.
Sabalenka gained the match on her fourth Championship level was overwhelmed by emotion as she celebrated her first grand slam title.