The last four women in the race for 2023 australian open final are Aryna Sabalenka [5]Joker Magda Linette [45]a resurgent two-time Australian Open winner Victoria Azarenka [24]and Elena Rybakina [22].

Aryna Sabalenka [5]

Sabalenka, 24, is the most powerful player left in the draw, but power isn’t the only weapon in the Belarusian’s arsenal. She is undefeated in 2023 and has yet to drop a set. Although she has won two Grand Slam titles, both have been in doubles and she is still looking for her first singles title.

Aryna Sabalenka. [PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook page of Sabalenka]

Sabalenka was a semifinalist at the 2021 Wimbledon tournament; and she earned back-to-back berths in the US Open semifinals in 2021 and 2022. She has often hit herself with a host of negative emotions on the court, but has revealed that she understands a lot more about how to control yourself.

“Finally, I understand what everyone was looking for and asking for,” Sabalenka told the official Australian Open website.

“I need to be a little boring on the court. I mean, it’s still about a lot of positive emotions for me, but I’m trying to stay away from the negative and fight for every point.

“I think there were a few moments where I was about to throw my racket or yell something, and because I stay so strong in (those) moments, after that now I feel like it’s a little more natural. ” A controlled Sabalenka looks good for the title.

Elena Rybakina [22]

Rybakina, the reigning Wimbledon champion, has been responsible for the departure of Iga Swiatek, and that must be taken into account.

Elena Rybakina (PHOTO CREDIT: WTA Fans)
Elena Rybakina (PHOTO CREDIT: WTA Fans)

“I knew what to expect on these big pitches,” he revealed after sending off Swiatek. “And I just tried to do the best I could and tried to focus on my serve. Some games weren’t really successful with my service, but in the end, I think I did a good job.

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“For sure when you play the No. 1 I think you really have nothing to lose,” added Rybakina.

“I knew that I had to be aggressive from the first ball because she is a great player and defends very well. So she was trying to attack her from the first ball, and she really worked well.”

victoria azarenka [24]

This is a resurgent Azarenka, who is playing some excellent tennis in Melbourne. The 33-year-old mother has won two Grand Slam titles – two Australian Open titles in 2012 and 2013. The former World No.1 has been on tour since 2003 and has earned $34,927,538 in prize money.

Victoria Azarenka (PHOTO CREDIT: Jose Morgado)
Victoria Azarenka (PHOTO CREDIT: Jose Morgado)

The hard-hitting point guard has dropped two sets on her way to the last eight and had to avoid an impending third-round loss against Madison Keys. After coming from 1-6 down in the first game to come out on top by taking the last two sets 6-2 6-1, she said: “I couldn’t get into my rhythm.

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Now just two matches away from another Grand Slam title; Azarenka says that he can’t think too much at the moment. “Thinking about winning, I mean, obviously it’s there, kind of flying. I really don’t want to take my mind there.

“I really want to focus on something that works for me, that keeps me focused, that keeps me, I want to stay calm, it just keeps me at peace. I think it’s a very important part for me, to be at peace.”

Magda Linette [45]

The 30-year-old wild card has nothing to lose when she takes on Sabalenka on Thursday, even though she has never beaten the Belarusian.

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Magda Linette (PHOTO CREDIT: Magda Linette's Twitter)
Magda Linette (PHOTO CREDIT: Magda Linette’s Twitter)

“My last meeting [with Sabalenka] she was not the best at the Olympics,” Linette revealed to the tournament website. So, I think I have a very big room there, because obviously it can’t be worse than the last one.

“I’ll try what I’m doing all this week. I am being very consistent, returning very well and keeping my serves.

“I’ll try to do my best on the return, and I’ve been doing quite well in the last two matches, especially when the opponent was similar.” It seems like an onerous task, but with the evidence of what the Pole has achieved this week, it is possible.

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