Sabalenka stuns Tsurenko in Australian Open

Aryna Sabalenka’s playstyle resulted in a paltry 11 points for Tsurenko in the first set of Australian Open while she amassed impressive 27 points

Defending champion Aryna Sabalenka is feeling ‘really great’ ahead of the Australian Open. — AFP 

Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka, the reigning champion, etched her name in the tournament’s history books by securing an emphatic 6-0, 6-0 victory against the 28th seed, Lesia Tsurenko in a swift and stunning performance at the Australian Open. 

The match unfolded on Rod Laver Arena, where Sabalenka, adorned in vivid red, demonstrated a tennis masterclass that lasted a mere 52 minutes.

From the first serve, Sabalenka exuded an unwavering determination, surging forward with every stroke. The Ukrainian contender, Tsurenko, found herself overpowered and outmaneuvered at every turn. Sabalenka’s aggressive playstyle resulted in a paltry 11 points for Tsurenko in the first set, while the Belarusian amassed an impressive 27 points.

The second set mirrored the first, with Sabalenka maintaining her relentless assault. Tsurenko attempted to salvage points on her own serve, but Sabalenka firmly shut the door, breaking her opponent’s serve three times. The Belarusian’s relentless attack included 10 winners in the second set, culminating in victory as Tsurenko faltered with a forehand into the net.

Sabalenka’s journey in the 2024 Australian Open has been nothing short of spectacular. The defending champion’s remarkable form echoes her breakthrough 2023, where she claimed the Australian Open title and reached the finals at both Roland Garros and Wimbledon. Sabalenka’s opponents in Melbourne have yet to pose a significant challenge, as she dispatched German qualifier Ella Seidel and 16-year-old Brenda Fruhvirtova with ease.

As the tournament progresses, Sabalenka’s next challenge awaits in the form of unseeded American Amanda Anisimova, making a return to Grand Slam competition after an eight-month hiatus.

Sabalenka expressed excitement at facing Anisimova, anticipating a fierce battle between two formidable competitors who share a history of tough encounters.

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