Tennis News: Aryna Sabalenka and Caroline Garcia ended the 2022 season on an impressive note after both played the best match of the WTA Finals, won by the French tennis player.
The momentum continued at least in the first round of the 2023 Australian Open and in action at Rod Laver Arena.
Fifth-seeded Sabalenka needed just 69 minutes to topple world number 74 Tereza Martincova 6-1, 6-4.
The tennis player who recently won her 11th career title at the Adelaide International 1 season 2023, started this season 5-0 for the third time in the last five seasons. He has also won the last ten Grand Slam first rounds.
“The only thing I can say is that I really worked hard,” says Sabalenka. “Both physically and mentally, I am ready to go even further in Melbourne. I hope I will do my best on the pitch and go far.”
Between Sabalenka and a place in the third round of the Australian Open, American tennis player Shelby Rogers beat Dutch Arianne Hartono 6-4 6-3. If she can beat Rogers, she has the chance to face her former doubles partner, Elise Mertens after sinking Spain’s Garbine Muguruza 3-6, 7-6, 6-1.
In another action, seeded fourth, Garcia needed just 65 minutes to beat Canadian tennis player Katherine Sebov 6-3, 6-0. Sebov will make his Grand Slam debut this week and meet a top 10 player for the first time in his career.
The result marked a remarkable turning point for France international Garcia in Melbourne 12 months ago, where she was outside the top 70 in the rankings and lost to qualifier Hailey Baptiste in the first round.
“I’m relieved to be able to stay calm and focus point by point in order to keep improving and keep thinking positively,” Garcia said.
The draw of the 2022 WTA Finals champion, Garcia is increasingly competitive at the Australian Open after facing one of the threats in the second round of the Australian Open, namely the runner-up of the US Open 2021, Leylah Annie Fernandez, who frustrated another French National, Alize Cornet with 7-5, 6-2.
Published by Ligaolahraga.com at https://www.ligaolahraga.com/tenis/hasil-australian-open-aryna-sabalenka-dan-caroline-garcia-tampil-perkasa
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