Aryna Sabalenka Turns Grateful as the Belarusian Beauty Reveals Melbourne Crowds’ Love Gives Her the Edge Over Coco Gauff

Published 01/25/2024, 1:10 PM EST

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Aryna Sabalenka has done it again! The 25-year-old tennis player made it to her second Australian Open final in a row. As she defeated Coco Gauff in the semi-final match, apart from her aggressive approach and the desire to take her US Open revenge, the Melbourne crowd assisted her in winning the match. Sabalenka entered the Rod Laver Arena with flashbacks from her US Open encounter with Gauff. However, this time, the energy of the court felt a bit different.

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She knew that the crowd was against her at that time, but she also knew that she had to win this time around. To her utter surprise, the crowd cheered her till the last serve. While talking about them along with the US Open crowd, Sabalenka said, “Well, it actually motivates me a lot. But at the US Open they were crazy. You know, like, it’s motivation, but sometimes — not sometimes, but at some time it’s getting really annoying because they scream during the point and I totally understand that. It’s absolutely normal, they support their player.”

Not only that, the Belarusian beauty also talked about how the Australian Open crowd was just amazing. Further, she also highlighted how the crowd was quite good to her throughout her semi-final clash with the 19-year-old. “But I don’t know, like, going to this match today, I kind of, like, knew that probably people will be supporting me more than her, and it was really nice to feel that kind of, like, support, like she had at the US Open.”

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Aryna Sabalenka got what she wanted, and the Happy Slam crowd helped her in attaining a happy ending to her revenge story. After winning the match, Sabalenka said that she “really wanted that revenge.” Moreover, Sabalenka also revealed a significant detail about her semi-final matchup with Coco Gauff as her opponent.

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In the same post-match press conference, Aryna Sabalenka opened up about her thoughts before getting on the court. She stated, “I was prepared that she’s going to move really good and put a lot of balls back. I had to be ready to play an extra shot. Tonight I was ready for anything.”

Not only that, Sabalenka also highlighted her mindset, which prepared her to overcome any hurdle during the match. She defeated Gauff in straight sets, and things weren’t this easy for her back in the 2023 US Open finals, where she went down even after winning the first set. It won’t be wrong to say that this time, the second-ranked tennis player was ready to get over her young opponent with the help of an amazing crowd and her tennis skills.

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