Aryna Sabalenka made history by winning her first-ever Grand Slam by title by earning a hard-fought 4-6 6-3 6-4 win over Elena Rybakina at the 2023 Australian Open.
It was a keenly contested encounter as both players showed their mettle.
Sabalenka will now rise to second in the world rankings behind Iga Swiatek.
Rybakina will also be rewarded with a place in the top 10 of the world rankings after making it to second Grand Slam final.
Sabalenka was full of praise for her team after winning an historic Grand Slam at the first time of asking.
“Thank you, my team, the craziest team on the tour.
We’ve been through a lot of, I would say, downs last year.
“Thank you so much for what you are doing for me. I love you guys.”
She also hailed Rybakina for her dogged display in the final.
“You’re such a great player and of course we are going to have many more battles, hopefully in finals of the Grand Slams.”
The Men’s singles final is set to hold on Sunday between Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas.