Aryna Sabalenka Wins First Grand Slam Title In 3-Set Australian Open Thriller

Aryna Sabalenka finally has her breakthrough.

In the early hours of the morning on Saturday, the 24-year-old Sabalenka was able to defeat Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan — the 2022 Wimbledon champion — in a three-set thriller to win the 2023 Australian Open. It is the first Grand Slam single’s title of Sabalenka’s career.

The Belarusian-born Sabalenka becomes the first player competing under a neutral flag to secure a grand slam.

Sabalenka, who was the No. 5 seed in the tournament, dropped the opening set to the No.22-seed Rybakina before rallying to pick up the 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win.

After securing match point, Sabalenka was overwhelmed with emotion and fell to the court.

Along with the Australian Open trophy and title of Grand Slam champion, Sabalenka earns a cool $3 million for her victory.

It was an incredible match between two of the hardest hitters in women’s tennis, but ultimately it was Sabalenka who was able to overcome some ill-timed double faults and unforced errors to hold on for the win in the decider.

Australian Open Schedule 2023: Women’s Final Start Time & TV Info
Australian Open Schedule 2023: Women’s Final Start Time & TV Info