MATCH REPORT | 2024 Australian Open: Dominant Aryna SABALENKA crushes Amanda ANISIMOVA and advance in title defense

Sunday, 21 January 2024 at 04:39
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Aryna Sabalenka (world No. 2) defeated Amanda Anisimova (No. 442) with a score of 6-3, 6-2, advancing to the quarterfinals of the 2024 Australian Open. The Belarusian secured her 11th consecutive victory in Melbourne and remains in contention for the title defense.
Anisimova returned to the Tour after an 8-month hiatus and showcased excellent form by reaching the fourth round in only her second tournament back. The American didn't have an easy draw but surpassed the 13th seed Lidmila Samsonova, then the Argentine Nadia Podoroska (No. 65), and finally the former world No. 2 Paula Badosa (No. 100).
On the other hand, the Belarusian conceded only six games in her three previous matches. First, she eliminated Ella Seidel (No. 173) with a score of 6-0, 6-1, then overcame the 16-year-old Brenda Fruhvirtova (No. 107) with a score of 6-2, 6-3. In the third round, she made a statement with a 'Double Bagel' (6-0, 6-0) against the 28th seed Lesia Tsurenko.
Sabalenka won her first service game and quickly secured a break in the second opportunity, taking a 3-0 lead with her serve. The Belarusian had a chance to get another break, but the American ultimately prevailed to stay alive in the set.
Sabalenka regained the advantage with her serve, but with the score at 4-1, raindrops started to fall in Melbourne, leading to a rain delay for a few minutes to cover the Margaret Court Arena. Upon returning to the court, neither player seemed out of rhythm, securing their service games to reach 5-2. Although she didn't achieve another break, Sabalenka didn't give her opponent any break opportunities and sealed the set 6-3.
The start of the second set saw Sabalenka's victory taking shape as she quickly took a break in the first game and confirmed the lead with her serve to go up 2-0. Anisimova managed to maintain the set's equality for a few games, failing to secure a break but at least holding her serve.
The 2023 Australian Open champion secured the second break of the set in the seventh game, extending her lead, and closed the match comfortably with a 6-3, 6-2 score. In the quarterfinals, Sabalenka awaits the winner of the match between the 9th seed Barbora Krejcikova (No. 11) and the young Russian Mirra Andreeva (No. 47).

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