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"Amazing showcase for womenโ€™s tennis" - Tennis world, including Paula Badosa & Victoria Azarenka, hails Aryna Sabalenka's glorious Australian Open win

Aryna Sabalenka wins the 2023 Austrailan Open women
Aryna Sabalenka wins the 2023 Austrailan Open women's singles title

Aryna Sabalenkaโ€™s magical run at the 2023 Australian Open has garnered immense applause from the entire tennis fraternity. The 24-year-old edged reigning Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina in a high-quality demanding battle that stretched to three sets 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, to claim her maiden Grand Slam title on Saturday.

Aryna Sabalenka and Elena Rybakina displayed extraordinary tennis skills, reportedly hitting groundstrokes harder than their male counterparts. The tennis world, including coaches and their colleagues, were in awe of the pairโ€™s incredible drive to get their hands on the trophy, and congratulated the Belarusian for a well-deserved win.

Aryna Sabalenka's best mate and former World No. 2 Paula Badosa was ecstatic about the 24-year-old's win.

"Giiiiiiiiiiiiiiirl. Dreams do come true!!!! So happy for you! See you soon and celebrate soon b****," Paula Badosa wrote on her Instagram story.
Paula Badosa on Instagram
Paula Badosa on Instagram

2021 French Open champion and former World No. 2 Barbora Krejcikova, who was present to watch the match live, appreciated both competitors for leaving it all on the court in the nail-biting encounter.

"Nail biter until the end! Congrats Aryna Sabalenka for winning this night. Great battle Elena Rybakina. Hats off," she wrote.
Barbora Krejcikova on Instagram
Barbora Krejcikova on Instagram

Renowned tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou mentioned the former World No 2's mind-boggling stats to support her deserved title win.

"Deserved win for Sabalenka : 17 aces 65% of first serves 51 winners for only 28 UNF. She has been able to deliver her best tennis in the final," he remarked.
Deserved win for Sabalenka : 17 aces 65% of first serves 51 winners for only 28 UNF. She has been able to deliver her best tennis in the final.

The Belarusian champion's compatriot and two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka poured in her wishes.

"Amazing! Congratulations! What a well deserved win and the entire tournament! Impressive," she wrote.
Amazing! Congratulations! What a well deserved win and the entire tournament! Impressive โค๏ธ @SabalenkaA twitter.com/wta/status/161โ€ฆ
Awesome job team โค๏ธ twitter.com/australianopenโ€ฆ

Here are a few more reactions from the tennis fraternity and the 2023 Australian Open champion's colleagues:

Congratulations to Aryna Sabalenka on her first Grand Slam title! It was a thrilling match and both Sabalenka and Rybakina played so well. Honored to present Aryna with the Daphne Arkhurst Memorial Cup. ๐Ÿ†#AusOpen https://t.co/wcASgbZVuq
Come back of the century for Sabalenka in one year to not be able to get serves in the court to now a major champ!!
Unreal match!!!! Wow that was a joy to watch
๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป @SabalenkaA @AustralianOpen
Unbelievable ! So much respect to to the girls!! Congrats Aryna!!!!!!!! Calm tiger!!!
That was some womenโ€™s AO final. Well done ladies ๐Ÿ‘ Brilliant tennis.
What an amazing showcase for womenโ€™s tennis. @AustralianOpen final. A first Grand Slam title for @SabalenkaA ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ https://t.co/BrmD0p2VJq
Arynaaaaaaaaa ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿฅบโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ @SabalenkaA
congrats ๐ŸŽ‰ Sable @SabalenkaA tremendous effort taking out Ryba to win her 1st career slam @AustralianOpen ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ‘ what a high quality match
Well deserved @SabalenkaA !!! I guess no sugar helped eh ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜†
Congratulations on winning your first major Aryna Sabalenka. You fought hard all the way with great power and passion. Bad luck tonight Elena Rybakina, your poise under pressure is a wonderful trait. A classic contest between two classy competitors.๐Ÿš€
Wow What a Final ladies ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅhuge congrats to @SabalenkaA You really deserve it โค๏ธ Hard luck Elena I am sure you will win more grand slams ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

Aryna Sabalenka reinstated to her career-high ranking of World No. 2 after 2023 Australian Open win

The Belarusian celebrates her 2023 Australian Open win with her team
The Belarusian celebrates her 2023 Australian Open win with her team

Aryna Sabalenka experienced an uncharacteristic season in 2022. Despite playing three WTA finals, the 24-year-old failed to lift a single trophy last year. She additionally created a record for all the wrong reasons, calling herself the "Queen of double faults" and producing 428 double faults throughout the 2022 season.

Sabalenka's woes are, however, behind her, as she remains unbeaten in 2023, having started the year with a title at the Adelaide International 1 and her latest Grand Slam win at the 2023 Australian Open. The Belarusian, who was ranked World No. 5 at the start of the Melbourne Major, is thus slated to return to her previous career-high ranking of World No. 2, come Monday.

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