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Aryna Sabalenka has been flexing her muscles at the Australian Open so far. © ANSA / LUKAS COCH

Australian Open: Sabalenka underlines her role as favorite

In the third round of the Tennis Australian Open there were some clear favorites' victories in Melbourne on Friday. Defending champion Aryna Sabalenka shot the bird with a 6:0,6:0 against Ukrainian Lesia Zurenko.

Sabalenka missed Zureko's double zero in just 52 minutes; the Belarusian only lost a total of six games in the three rounds until she reached the round of XNUMX.

There was no handshake with Zurenko after the match point was used; the number 28 in the tournament refused because of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, which was supported by Belarus. “I’m super happy with the level of my game,” said Sabalenka, unimpressed. “I hope it continues like this – or even better.” The top-seeded Pole Iga Swiatek won many sets 2023-6 in 0, and she wants to get closer to that.

The American Amanda Anisimova is Sabalenka's upcoming opponent. © ANSA / JOEL CARRETT

It may be tougher for the 25-year-old number 2 in the tournament to make it to the quarter-finals, her opponent is Amanda Anisimova. The American, who fell to 442nd place in the world rankings after a long break, eliminated the former Spanish world number two Paula Badosa with 7:5,6:4. Sabalenka took it calmly: "I'm happy that she (Anisimova) is back and I'm expecting a tough match." Another favorite, Coco Gauff, also made it to the round of 6, the US Open winner won a US duel Alycia Parks similarly smooth 0,6:2:XNUMX.

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