MELBOURNE: Aryna Sabalenka clinched back-to-back Australian Open titles with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Zheng Qinwen on Saturday in a one-sided women’s final.
The No. 2-seeded Sabalenka broke Zheng’s serve in the second game and took the first set in 33 minutes.
She broke again to start the second set and maintained her dominance throughout against the No. 12-seeded Zheng.
Serving for the match at 5-2 in the second, she had three championship points at 40-0 but missed two with wide or long forehands and another with Zheng’s clever drop shot.