Sabalenka’s storybook comeback amazes in Australian Open triumph | Emma Kemp

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The self-titled ‘queen of double faults’ began with that self-inflicted wound but finished with an astounding turnaround

Aryna Sabalenka started the final with a double fault and ended on the ground sobbing. It was, in a way, the story of her previous 12 months. Last year, the Belarusian was the self-described “queen of double faults” – a tour-high 440 of them last season. She also operated at the behest of her own emotions, stripped of her agency when confronted with an opponent’s defiance.

She became a champion on Saturday because she bested both – and, in turn, Elena Rybakina. She brought herself to heel after losing the first set and after each of the 10 break points she engineered but did not win.

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Written by Emma Kemp
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