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Elena Rybakina v Aryna Sabalenka: Australian Open women’s singles final – live

Sabalenka 1-1 *Rybakina

Rybakina’s serve is not as mighty, but still pretty potent. Russell Crowe is looking on, as the Kazakh player gets to 40-15 and then game. Sisters, what we do in life… echoes in eternity

Sabalenka* 1-0 Rybakina

And away we go, and start with a double fault. Not the best start and one followed by an ace. And next a big serve, and a crashing forehand followup for 30-15. An ace gets the job done.

The players take to the court, Rybakina first, followed by Sabalenka. The trophy is in view of them as they enter the Rod Laver arena. They pose for photos, and the toss. Sabalenka will serve first, and they can begin the knock-up.

Conditions news from the i’s tennis man.

They are opening the roof on Rod Laver for Rybakina vs Sabalenka, which is a huge relief because it was humid as hell with it shut.

Hopefully will make for a better match, too.#AusOpen

— James Gray (@jamesgraysport) January 28, 2023

Some earlier results from Melbourne Park.


A set and a break down in a Grand Slam final? No problems for @DiedetheGreat, who claimed a fifth #AusOpen title on Saturday.#AO23

— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 28, 2023

Your moment, Alex Blockx 🏆#AusOpen#AO2023

— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 28, 2023

“It’s incredible to win, but even more so if you have something to fight for and something to be proud of.”@SamWCTennis 🇳🇱 retained his #AusOpen Quad Singles title on Saturday, overcoming countryman Niels Vink in two tight sets.#AO23

— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 28, 2023

Tumaini Carayol is on the scene in Melbourne ahead of a much awaited blastfest.

There are times when players in top form meet too early in a grand slam and other events can look lopsided by the end, but as Sabalenka and Elena Rybakina face off in their first Melbourne final there is no doubt these are the two best players of the tournament.

This seems a perfectly poised final, with Sabalenka chasing her first Slam, and Rybakina, the Wimbledon champion, facing off at Melbourne Park. It’s Belarus v Kazakhstan and between two players seeking to break into the gap at the top of the women’s game. Rybakina is mentally tough, while Sabelenka has the power. Both six-footers, they have the game to win this tournament and it seems a close one to call. Sabalenka has won all of their three meetings together, at Wimbledon in 2021, Abu Dhabi in 2021 and Wuhan in 2019. All three matches went to three sets, and that seems a likely outcome here. The stakes are the highest they could be, and who will have the mental strength to prevail?

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