Aryna Sabalenka fondly recounts Australian Open final win over Elena Rybakina

Earlier this year, Sabalenka defeated Rybakina in the Australian Open final.

by Dzevad Mesic
Aryna Sabalenka fondly recounts Australian Open final win over Elena Rybakina
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Aryna Sabalenka admits she still gets "goosebumps" every time she comes across videos of her first 2023 Australian Open win. Earlier this year, 25-year-old Sabalenka defeated Elena Rybakina 4-6 6-3 6-4 in the final at Melbourne Park for her first Grand Slam win.

On Wednesday, the Australian Open posted an Instagram reel from this year's final at Melbourne Park. Reacting to an Instagram reel from her Australian Open final, Sabalenka showed that she still feels very special emotions whenever she is reminded of her first Slam win.

"Still getting goosebumps watching it," Sabalenka wrote on her Instagram Story.

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Sabalenka called it the best day of her life

After completing a win over Rybakina for her first Grand Slam win, Sabalenka described it was "the best day of my life." "I don't know.

It's tough to explain what I'm feeling right now. Oh, I'm just super happy. Super happy. Proud. I don't know how to explain. Just the best -- is the best day of my life right now," Sabalenka said after her Australian Open win. In her post-final press conference, Sabalenka admitted that she started feeling the nerves when she was serving for the final.

It was a tight final game but Sabalenka managed to serve it out and close out the final. "The last game, yeah, of course I was a little bit nervous. I was keep telling myself like, Nobody tells you that it's going to be easy, you just have to work for it, work for it till the last point.

Yeah, there was a tough game. I'm super happy that I was able to handle all those emotions and win this one," Sabalenka said. In January, Sabalenka will be returning to a Grand Slam tournament for the first time as the defending champion.

Sabalenka went undefeated in Australia this past season and she will certainly be among the top favorites for the title at Melbourne Park in January.

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