The match between Zheng Q. and Sabalenka A. will begin at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia on January 27 for the Australian Open Women’s Finals.
The 21-year-old rising talent Qinwen Zheng has made an incredible journey to her 1st Grand Slam final. Zheng’s performance at the tournament has been nothing short of spectacular; her strong serve and baseline play have been her main highlights. Her semi final triumph over Dayana Yastremska sets up what may be a showdown that defines her career. After Li Na, Zheng is the 2nd player from China to make it to a Grand Slam singles final. Zheng, who was selected as the WTA’s most improved player the previous season, had great expectations for this season. However, she has surpassed all expectations with her Melbourne run. She had previously faced Sabalenka in the US Open in 2023, when the Belarusian won handily. Zheng’s hopes completely depend on her serve.
In a 7-6 (2), 6-4 semifinal win in her last game, the No. 2-seeded Sabalenka disrupted Gauff’s serve with her potent returns and fired 33 wins in total, securing her a spot in this Australian Open finale versus first-time finalist Zheng Qinwen. Before losing to Gauff in the US Open final, Sabalenka advanced to the quarterfinals of both Wimbledon and Roland Garros last year, where she claimed her maiden major victory. The current winner, Aryna Sabalenka, has a strong record going into the championship match. Her path to this point has been characterized by control and domination. She has easily defeated opponents, notably Coco Gauff in the semifinal, showcasing her physical strength and appropriate mental toughness. She is well-known for her aggressive approach and powerful serve. Without dropping a set on her way to the final, Sabalenka has shown herself to be the finest competitor of the Australian Open thus far. But her nervousness during her game with Gauff might have been a sign of things to come in the championship match.
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