mars 26, 2023

Magda Linette v Aryna Sabalenka result, Elena Rybakina v Victoria Azarenka result; Rinky Hijikata, Jason Kubler doubles win, highlights; Novak Djokovic father caught in pro-Putin Russia photo

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By Emily Patterson

Aryna Sabalenka brushed off praise for her aggressive forehand following her straight-sets win over Magda Linette.

Sabalenka’s average forehand speed of around 140km/h positions her up there with the top men’s players.

Italian Matteo Berrettini averaged a similar figure last year and he boasts the quickest forehand in the men’s competition.

During her on-court interview, Nine broadcaster Casey Dellacqua raised the « super impressive » feat, which was met by cheers from the crowd.

This caused Sabalenka to blush before kissing her biceps in reply.

« I’m just wondering, does it feel as good as it looks? » Dellacqua asked.

« Well, to be honest, not really. I actually think that I hit really slow balls today, » Sabalenka replied with a chuckle.

« But I don’t know. Thank you, I mean, I’ve got good genetics, I guess. »

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