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Women’s final blowout as Aryna Sabalenka def Zheng Qinwen, Matt Ebden wins men’s doubles with Rohan Bopanna, Basil Zempilas reserves game comment, scores, latest news

Aryna Sabalenka has gone back-to-back at the Australian Open, thumping slam final debutant Zheng Qinwen 6-3 6-2 to claim the women’s singles title.

Plus Australia has another home-grown Melbourne Park champion after Matt Ebden and world No.1 Rohan Bopanna combined to win the men’s doubles crown.

Needing just 76 minutes, the Belarusian looked a class above her young Chinese opponent, who is viewed as a future star but had set a record by not playing a top-50 opponent on route to the final.

Sabalenka becomes the first woman to win consecutive Australian Opens since compatriot Victoria Azarenka (2012, 2013), who also beat a Chinese player (Li Na) for her second title.

Her five games lost were the fewest in an Australian Open final since Azarenka’s 6-3 6-0 win over Maria Sharapova in 2012, and she dropped just 31 games across the tournament – one fewer than Ash Barty in 2022, which is…

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