the belarusian Aryna Sabalenka (5) and the Kazakh Elena Rybakina (22) meet this Saturday in the final of the australian openin a clash that will serve to determine who is the best puncher on the circuit.
The final will be held at the Rod Laver Arena on a day in which the organization could close the retractable roof after the weather report warned about extreme temperatures that could exceed 36 degrees at some times in the afternoon.
It will be the first ‘major’ final for a Sabalenka who will face the reigning Wimbledon champion after overcoming all the previous rounds without dropping a single set.
“She’s a great player, very aggressive and already has experience from winning Wimbledon,” Sabalenka said with a laugh after her convincing semifinal win over Poland’s Magda Linette.
Nevertheless, the fifth seed has a 3-0 head-to-head that will play in her favorafter taking the clashes played at Wimbledon and Abu Dhabi in 2021, as well as the one in Wuhan in 2019. The three duels were resolved in the third round.
Both tennis players meet a similar style of play. They build the points from a powerful and efficient service and finish, in the event that the serve has not been final, with furious hits from the baseline with the intention that the ball does not return.