The Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, champion of the Australian Open 2024, admitted during the trophy presentation that he put a little pressure on your team after their stunning loss in the Brisbane final against Kazakh Elena Rybakina 6-0 and 6-3 and that, after that, they did better in Melbourne.
Sabalenka defeated the Chinese in the final Qinwen Zheng (12) by a force of 6-3 and 6-2, which served to complete two impeccable weeks in which he did not give up even a single set to defend the crown he won in the previous edition.
“It’s been an amazing two weeks. As always, the speech is a bit strange. I put a little pressure on my team after the final in Brisbane, and here we have done better,” explained Sabalenka, who said she will try not to get emotional after winning her second slam title.
“I want to thank Evonne (Goolagong) because you are an inspiration to all of us. I also want to congratulate Qinwen. I know it’s a difficult feeling, but you are very young and a great player. You can reach many finals like this, and I know you will, said Zheng, who will break the top-10 barrier for the first time in his career after his impressive run at Melbourne Park.
“Like, thanks also to my family, because I often forget them in these talks. “I don’t know if I should continue in English because they’re not going to find out anything,” said world number two with a laugh.
Australian Open 2024: Zheng congratulates Sabalenka on the title
Zheng, for his part, went up to collect the runner-up plaque with a displeased face because, according to him, “I could have done better.”
“I want to congratulate Aryna for playing so well. It’s my first final, and I’m a little sad. It’s a difficult situation; I can do better,” commented the player coached by the Spanish Pere Riba.
“Thanks to my team for helping me get here. I love playing this Australian Open,” concluded the 21-year-old Asian after playing in his first major final.