Australian Open day 13: Aryna Sabalenka wins first grand slam singles title

Aryna Sabalenka claimed her first grand slam singles trophy in style in a pulsating Australian Open final.

The 24-year-old produced an awesome display of power tennis before holding her nerve to defeat Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina 4-6 6-3 6-4.

Britain’s Alfie Hewett claimed a long-awaited first Melbourne title in the wheelchair singles, adding to his doubles crown and making it seven singles slams in total.

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Aryna Sabalenka lies on the court after her moment of victory
Aryna Sabalenka lies on the court after her moment of victory (Ng Han Guan/AP)

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The junior finals took place on Saturday at Rod Laver Arena, with Belgian Alexander Blockx and Russian Alina Korneeva claiming the titles following tight battles.

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The Australian Open will conclude with the men’s singles final on Sunday evening.

Novak Djokovic is once again chasing history as he aims to win a 10th title at Melbourne Park and draw level with Rafael Nadal on 22 grand slam trophies.

His opponent Stefanos Tsitsipas will bid to win a first slam title in his second final, while the winner will overtake Carlos Alcaraz as world number one.