The match lasted for one hour and 42 minutes. This was the seventh head-to-head duel between the Belarusian and American tennis players, and Sabalenka’s third victory, as she defends her title at the Australian Open. In the first set, both players managed to break each other’s serve three times, and the winner of this part of the match was determined in a tie-break, which Sabalenka won with a score of 7:2, as reported by Tanjug.
In the second set, it was game for game, and then the Belarusian made a break in the ninth game, taking the lead 5:4. Sabalenka then served out the match to secure her place in the next round.