Serena Williams vs Aryna Sabalenka Australian Open 2021: Belarusian Star Ready to ‘Give Everything’

Published 02/12/2021, 3:37 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 12, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her third round match against Russia’s Anastasia Potapova REUTERS/Loren Elliott


Serena Williams continues her quest for the 24th Grand Slam as she reaches the 4th round at the Australian Open 2021. She defeated the Russian teenager Anastasia Potapova 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 in her last match. However, her next opponent, Aryna Sabalenka, is willing to give everything to win against her.

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The 7th seed of the tournament, Belarusian star Aryna Sabalenka, is currently in the best form. Starting 2021 with the Abu Dhabi Open title, she is making the most of her aggressive gameplay. But her test is now against one of the toughest players ever to play tennis, Serena Williams.

The battle of raw power will take place tomorrow for a quarterfinal seat in the Australian Open. Post her 3rd-round match, Aryna said, “It will be a big challenge” to play against the 23-time Grand Slam champion.

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2021, Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka reacts during her second-round match against Russia’s Daria Kasatkina REUTERS/Kelly Defina

Before this, the pair have never played against one another in a competitive tournament, let alone a Grand Slam. However, Sabalenka shares a memory of watching Serena play and wanting to have her power as a young girl. And most players even today will do anything to ace master’s serve.

But now, the current World No.7 cannot afford to just stand and admire the 4-time Olympic Gold medallist. And since Sabalenka has never made it into the quarterfinals of a major tournament, this time she will go all-in.

“It’s a tough one but I’m gonna do everything I can to prepare myself for that,” Sabalenka continued. “Like mentally be ready to get this win actually because she’s huge, she’s a great player.”

In tennis, there can only be one winner. And on the given day, the one with more hunger and more desire gets the win despite any challenges.

“It’s always a big challenge to play against this kind of players. We are all here for the wins and I’m gonna do everything,” she said confidently.

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 12, 2021, Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her third-round match against Russia’s Anastasia Potapova REUTERS/Kelly Defina

The 39-year-old American is one win away from equaling Margaret Court’s all-time record of the most Grand Slams won. She has been denied 4 times at the final stage after her Australian Open victory in 2017.

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This year, she is looking fresh and in the right mindset to seal big matches ahead. But, the young 22-year-old Belarusian is a big hiccup that she will look to overcome.

Who will emerge victorious in this battle at the Australian Open 2021, Serena or Aryna?

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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