Elena Rybakina secures Brisbane title after thumping win over Aryna Sabalenka

Rybakina won 6-0 6-3 in the pair’s Australian Open final rematch

Sports Staff
Sunday 07 January 2024 10:19 GMT
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Elena Rybakina defeated world number two Aryna Sabalenka in their Australian Open final rematch with a dominant straight sets win to claim the Brisbane International.

The world number four from Kazakhstan charged out of the blocks, dominating the first set 6-0 and continuing the form through the second set 6-3, winning in just over 70 minutes.

Rybakina was clinical on break points, winning five of a possible seven, and limiting the Belarusian to just one break point.

Sabalenka was on a 15-game winning streak in Australia before the loss, spanning back to the start of 2023 in Adelaide and continuing through her Australian Open-winning campaign.

The win was 24-year-old Rybakina’s sixth career title.

“I want to congratulate Aryna on a great week and a great season last year and hopefully we will meet again in Melbourne,” the Moscow-born world number four said in the on-court presentation ceremony.

“Despite the score, it’s always tough to play you. We push each other, which is great, and we improve in this way so I hope that continues.”

The pair split their four meetings last year with two wins apiece, although Sabalenka won the match that mattered most to claim her first Grand Slam title at Melbourne Park.

“Honestly, I don’t know where to start,” said a laughing Sabalenka. “Elena, wow, I don’t know where to start. Thank you for those three games, at least we made it look like a fight.

“Couple of words to my team, you did a bad job today. 6-0 6-3, that’s all your fault guys... Hopefully we’ll be better at the Australia Open.”

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