Aryna Sabalenka Beats Elena Rybakina To Win Her First Grand Slam At The Australian Open In 2023

 Aryna Sabalenka completed a remarkable comeback against incumbent Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina, winning her first Grand Slam championship.

Both ladies had entered the match with confidence, easily winning their opening serve games.

Then, in the third game of the match, Sabalenka blew a 40-0 lead, handing an early edge to her opponent, who quickly built on the serve break to go to a 3-1 lead.

In order to prevent the fifth seed from entering her service games or even having a chance at break opportunities,

Rybakina continued to perform well at keeping the points brief.

In the baseline exchanges, though, the Belarussian continued to compete successfully. As the two players progressed through the opening set, 

 she used her penetrating crosscourt groundstrokes to force Rybakina from side to side while managing to preserve the deficit to just one break.

In the eighth game, Sabalenka responded by getting a couple powerful returns to put Rybakina on the back foot and swiftly find herself up 0-40. 

On her second break point, she leveled the match at 4-4 with a beautiful backhand pass up the line.

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