Aryna Sabalenka Lets Out a Quiet Smile After Die-Hard Fan’s Gesture Changes the Intense Mood at the Australian Open

Published 01/25/2024, 4:54 AM EST

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Aryna Sabalenka is facing off Coco Gauff in the semifinal of the Australian Open. She also has ample support on her side as she blushed at a fan’s chant for her. The two players are in the middle of an intense battle as Gauff looks to win again and Saba aims to take revenge for the 2023 US Open final. Their match has the stands full as fans eagerly await the first finalist of the 2024 Australian Open.

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Gauff will prove to be one of Sabalenka’s biggest challenges so far. She has not dropped a set on the way to their semifinal clash. Gauff has the potential to challenge her skills, and the Tiger will need all the motivation from her fans.

Aryna Sabalenka smiles at fan’s encouragement

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Sabalenka and Gauff are playing a great bout as both look to win. The Belarusian beauty had the advantage in the first set as the score initially read 5-3 in her favor. The Tiger served for the set when a fan loudly chanted for her. As the score read 30-15, they screamed, “Come on, Sabalenka”, which made the player blush. 

The Tennis Letter shared a video of the moment on their ‘X’ page, where they showed the player clad in red turn red-faced as she blushed. They added the caption, “Someone yelled out ‘Come on Sabalenka’ right before Aryna was about to serve. She lets out a smile.❤️”. Sabalenka is playing the match and aiming to successfully defend her only Grand Slam title.

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The Belarusian beauty has internalized her nickname of ‘The Tiger’ as she aims to go past her most difficult opponent so far. She has breezed past each competitor in the tournament but finds a challenge in Gauff.

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Sabalenka’s stint coming into the semifinal

The 25-year-old WTA star found it easy to shut down her opponents in the Australian Open so far. She did not drop a set on the way to the semifinal. Moreover, Sabalenka has not lost more than 3 games in a set. However, she has met a giant challenge in Gauff, who took her to her first tie-breaker in the tournament.

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The 19-year-old US Open champion is pushing Sabalenka to her limits as both aim to reach the final of the Aussie Slam. Sabalenka won the first set, and the second set got more exciting. Who will come out on top?

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