Score, report, and key facts
Sabalenka won the set after she broke the American in the 4th (3-1) and in the 6th (5-1) game. Alison tried to stage a comeback breaking in the 7th (5-2) game. Nonetheless, Sabalenka kept the focus before winning the set 6-3.
Aryna failed to serve out the set when leading 5-1 to be broken at 15.
A crucial moment of the match was when Aryna won 4 consecutive games in the 1st set to change the scoreline from 1-1 to 5-1.
There was not much difference between them in this set with the exception of 1 break that Riske conquered in the 6th game (4-2) before winning the set (6-3).
Sabalenka took off at the beginning of the set after breaking Riske in the 2nd game (2-0) before consolidating her break and lead 5-0. Aryna reinforced her lead after breaking Riske in the 4th (4-0) game before conquering the set (6-1).
A crucial moment of the match was when the Belarussian won 5 consecutive games in the 3rd set to change the scoreline from 0-0 to 5-0.
After this encounter, the head to head between Sabalenka and Riske is 3-0 for Aryna.
After the final, Aryna commented
“I can’t believe that I defend this title. I couldn’t even imagine that I will be able to do this. Right now I’m just happy. I don’t know. I can’t believe it’s happened.
This means a lot. This year been really tough for everyone. I was really afraid that I will be not able to defend this title. I was already saving my points on the beginning of this year. This was my problem.
That’s why I couldn’t work well, couldn’t play well, couldn’t fight actually.
Finally to defend this title, I couldn’t even imagine it’s going to happen. Right now, it’s so many thoughts going through my mind. I’m really thankful to my team because they keep staying with me.”
Aryna Sabalenka in Wuhan
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