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Sabalenka Storms Past Gauff into Australian Open Final


Defending champion Aryna Sabalenka beat Coco Gauff 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 to reach the final of the Australian Open.

Sabalenka gained her revenge after Gauff was victorious in last year's US Open final and will look to be the first player to win back-to-back Australian Open titles since Victoria Azarenka in 2012 and 2013.

She will take on Qinwen Zheng after the Chinese player beat Ukraine's Dayana Yastremska 6-4 6-4.

Sabalenka, who was playing in her sixth consecutive major semi-final, is yet to drop a set in Melbourne this year and is now a strong favourite to retain her crown.

"I was able to focus on myself and was prepared that she was going to move really good and get all the balls back to me, so was ready to play an extra shot. I was ready for everything," said Sabalenka.

"I enjoy playing Coco. She's an incredible player. I really enjoy playing her. I hope in the future we play many more matches. Hopefully I win all of them!"

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