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The Australian Open final starts at 10:30. Photos: Backpagepix

Australian Open final live scores: Rybakina vs Sabalenka

Elena Rybakina takes on Aryna the Australian Open women’s singles final from Melbourne Park from 10:30.

Australian Open

The Australian Open final starts at 10:30. Photos: Backpagepix

The first Grand Slam women’s singles title of the year will be won on Saturday with Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan taking on Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus in the Australian Open final.

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Despite the power of both players this could end up being a battle of attrition.

“In these conditions, to serve full, full power, it’s not easy,” Rybakina said. “The ball is not really going. Yeah, the same on the baseline. Just to play more deeper and do the same thing, try to come forward, just to expect maybe longer rallies than usual.”

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Elena Rybakina of Kazakistan. Photo: Peter Dovgan.

Rybakina will lean on her previous experience of winning a Slam.

“I would say it was a bit easier also compared to Wimbledon when I was playing for the first time quarters, semis, final,” she said.

Sabalenka doesn’t have Grand Slam final experience but she has been in imperious form blasting her way to ten straight wins in 2023 and she is yet to drop a set this year.

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She says that the nerves are there but that they should be because she is playing in a Grand Slam final.

“To be honest, I think I’m not going to do something extra. Like, I think that’s OK to feel little bit nervous. It’s a big tournament, big final.

“If you’re going to start trying to do something about that, it’s going to become bigger, you know? I’ll just leave it like that.”

Sabalenka knows that this match will be the biggest test of her season so far.

“It’s not going to make things easier,” Sabalenka said. “It’s a final. It’s not going to be easy match, you know? But I just happy that I made this next step. I know that I have to work for that title.”