Tag: ao 2023


Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka crowned first ‘neutral’ Grand Slam champion | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: With daring, resolve and a thunderous forehand, Aryna Sabalenka rose above geopolitical tumult to become the first player to claim a Grand Slam title as a neutral at the Australian Open.The big-hitting Belarusian overhauled Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina 4-6 6-3 6-4 in the final at Rod Laver Arena on Saturday while barred from representing the eastern European nation.Russian and Belarusian players are effectively "stateless" on the ATP and WTA tours, competing as individuals without national affiliation due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.Had Rybakina not switched allegiance to Kazakhstan in 2018, the Russia-born player would also have competed as a neutral.Perhaps for the first time ever at Rod Laver Arena, the championship match was played without fans waving the nationa...

Home wildcards win Australian Open men’s doubles title | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Wildcard home duo Rinky Hijikata and Jason Kubler won a first Grand Slam crown with victory in the men's doubles final at the Australian Open on Saturday.The Australians did a celebratory chest bump and hugged tightly after defeating duo Hugo Nys of Monaco and Poland's Jan Zielinski 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), to the delight of the home crowd at Rod Laver Arena.It was Hijikata and Kubler's first event as a doubles pairing and ensures that the trophy stays in home hands, having been won last year by Australians Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis."Rinky and I definitely didn't think this was happening two weeks ago. Bit of a pleasant surprise," said Kubler on court."I've got to thank Rinky, he was the reason we teamed up for this tournament. Two weeks later we've got this trophy." !(funct...

Elena Rybakina to enter top 10 but says career boost won’t change her | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Elena Rybakina will become the first Kazakh tennis player to enter the top 10 singles world rankings after her run to the Australian Open final on Saturday, making up somewhat for the points she missed out on in her Wimbledon triumph last summer.But the Russian-born player said the lift would not change her."I don't think tomorrow I'm going to feel different just because of the ranking now," she told reporters.Rybakina, who switched allegiance to Kazakhstan in 2018, was beaten 4-6 6-3 6-4 by Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka in the Melbourne Park final and will rise to number 10 in the world from number 25 when the rankings are updated on Monday.She lost out on 2,000 ranking points after her Wimbledon win because the Grand Slam was stripped of points for banning Russian and Belarusi...

Factfile on Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Facts and figures about Aryna Sabalenka after she won the Australian Open women's final on Saturday:Aryna SabalenkaAge: 24World ranking: 5Prize money: $14,602,010Career titles: 12Grand Slam titles: 1 (Australia 2023)Australian Open best: Champion (2023)Coach: Anton DubrovPath to the final:1st rd: bt Tereza Martincova (CZE) 6-1, 6-42nd rd: bt Shelby Rogers (USA) 6-3, 6-13rd rd: bt Elise Mertens (BEL x26) 6-2, 6-34th rd: bt Belinda Bencic (SUI x12) 7-5, 6-2Quarter-final: bt Donna Vekic (CRO) 6-3, 6-2Semi-final: bt Magda Linette (POL) 7-6 (7/1), 6-2Final: bt Elena Rybakina (KAZ x22) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4!(function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { window.TimesApps = window.TimesApps || {}; const { TimesApps } = window; TimesApps.loadFBEvents = ...