Australian Open 2023: Elena Rybakina vs Aryna Sabalenka records, stats, form guide, head to head, all you need to know

The last time they met was in the 2021 Wimbledon fourth round, where Elena Rybakina won the title the previous year.

Aryna Sabalenka in a file photo. (image credits: twitter)
By Nilavro Ghosh | Jan 28, 2023 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Elena Rybakina defeated Victoria Azarenka 7-6, 6-3 to advance to her second major final in seven months. In the tumultuous first set, she faced three consecutive breakpoints at 5-5 before taking the lead after an hour. She served for the set while trailing by a break, holding a set point. She hit nine aces during the game, bringing her total to 44, the most in the tournament. Jennifer Capriati is the first woman to have beaten three former Grand Slam champions at the Australian Open since she won the competition in 2001 by defeating Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport, and Monica Seles.  The world no. 1 Iga Swiatek, the defending champion Danielle Collins, and Jelena Ostapenko, a former champion of Roland-Garros, were all defeated by her in the third, fourth, and quarterfinal rounds, respectively. She has only faced one breakpoint in the past two weeks and defeated Danielle Collins with a score of 6-2, 5-7, 6-2.

Aryna Sabalenka successfully qualified for a Grand Slam final on her fourth attempt. The fifth seed won the remaining match 7-6, 6-2 by completely dominating unseeded Grand Slam second-week debutante Magda Linette. She also fell behind early in the first set of her semifinal, forcing a tiebreak. Prior to last year’s US Open, she had previously lost all three of her games in major semifinals, most recently to Iga Swiatek. The Belarusian had also never made it past the round of 16 in either of the previous two Australian Opens, and up until this past week, he had never even made it to the quarterfinals.

Elena Rybakina vs Aryna Sabalenka head to head

3-0 is Aryna Sabalenka’s advantage. The Belarusian would win the opening set, drop the second set, and win the match by dropping no more than three games in the decider. The last time they met was in the 2021 Wimbledon fourth round, where Elena Rybakina won the title the previous year.

2021 WimbledonAryna Sabalenka6-3, 4-6, 6-3
2021 Abu Dhabi OpenAryna Sabalenka6-4, 4-6, 6-3
2019 Wuhan OpenAryna Sabalenka6-3, 1-6, 6-1

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Elena Rybakina form guide

With two major finals in seven months, Elena Rybakina seems to be entering a phase in her career where she would consistently be in contention for major titles. She has been a consistent performer at the 2023 Australian Open as well, dropping just one set in her last five matches. Her latest win came in the semi-final of the Grand Slam which saw the 2022 Wimbledon champion defeat Victoria Azarenka 7-6, 6-3.

Victoria Azarenka7-6, 6-3 (W)
Jelena Ostapenko6-2, 6-4 (W)
Iga Swiatek6-4, 6-4 (W)
Danielle Collins6-2, 5-7, 6-2 (W)
Kaja Juvan6-2, 6-1 (W)

Aryna Sabalenka form guide

She might have suffered a heartbreaking defeat in the final of the 2022 WTA Finals, but Aryna Sabalenka has started 2023 with a bang. The Belarusian emerged victorious at the Adelaide International and is only one win away from claiming the first Grand Slam of the year. Sabalenka has been absolutely dominant so far, not dropping a single set in her last five matches. Her latest win was a 7-6, 6-2 triumph against Magda Linette.

Magda Linette7-6, 6-2 (W)
Donna Vekic6-3, 6-2 (W)
Belinda Bencic7-5, 6-2 (W)
Elise Mertens6-2, 6-3 (W)
Shelby Rogers6-3, 6-1 (W)

Elena Rybakina vs Aryna Sabalenka stats from previous match

StatsElena RybakinaAryna Sabalenka
OpponentVictoria AzarenkaMagda Linette
Score7-6, 6-37-6, 6-2
Double Faults32
Break points5/113/7
Service games won79