Aryna Sabalenka may have won the Australian Open but if you look at her name on the trophy a key detail has been left off.
In her first final at a major, Sabalenka fought back from a set down to win an all-time classic women’s final over Elena Rybakina 4-6 6-3 6-4.
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She made five double faults in a rapid fire first set, but steadied the ship to play the best tennis of her career to fight back and win the next two sets.
Sabalenka and Rybakina put on an exhibition in power hitting in one of the best women’s finals in recent memory, and Sabalenka was just too strong in the end.
It’s a remarkable turnaround for the 24-year-old, who had a severe case of the serving yips in Australia 12 months ago that threatened to derail her…