Aryna Sabalenka, the defending Australian Open champion, has been in top form in 2024, winning all her matches in straight sets. With only one final obstacle in her path in the form of Qinwen Zheng, she is determined to defend her title on Saturday.
Sabalenka is the clear favorite in the upcoming match, with odds of -500, while Zheng has odds of +380. The match is set to take place at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday, January 27, 2023, at approximately 3:30 a.m. E.T. The match can be viewed on the fubo app.
Last year was a successful one for Sabalenka as she clinched her first-ever Grand Slam title at the Australian Open by defeating Elena Rybakina in the final. She also reached the final of the US Open and the semi-final stage of the French Open and Wimbledon. Now, she is determined to make 2024 an even more successful year.
While Zheng has reached the final, it is a significant achievement for the 21-year-old Chinese player, with her previous best performance being the quarterfinals of the US Open. However, she faces an uphill battle against the No. 2 ranked player in the WTA.
As for the prediction, it is expected that Sabalenka will emerge victorious based on her consistent performance in the tournament. Zheng may be a rising star in women’s tennis, but she has had relatively easy matches in the 2024 Australian Open and will face a tough challenge against Sabalenka.
In conclusion, Sabalenka’s impressive form and determination to defend her title make her the clear favorite to win the Australian Open.