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Aryna Sabalenka equals Victoria Azarenka's decade-old record of consecutive Grand Slam wins at 2024 French Open

Published at :May 29, 2024 at 4:43 PM
Modified at :May 29, 2024 at 4:43 PM
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Shashank Tripathi

Aryna Sabalenka is a two-time Australian Open champion (2023 and 2024).

Belarusian tennis star Aryna Sabalenka has become the first female player since Victoria Azarenka to win the initial eight Grand Slam matches in two consecutive years.

On Tuesday, Sabalenka took down Russia’s Erika Andreeva 6-1, 6-2, to win her opening round match at the 2024 French Open. After the win, she thanked the audience for attending the match and supporting her in a hilarious way.

She said, “I’m super happy to see all of you tonight supporting us. It was a great atmosphere… I know you guys didn’t have choices because it’s raining outside.. so you had to be on this court.”

With the win, she joined fellow Belarusian tennis star Victoria Azarenka on an interesting list. Aryna Sabalenka has become the first female player since 2012–13 to win the initial eight Grand Slam matches for two consecutive years, 2023 and 2024.

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Before Sabalenka, the milestone was last reached by Victoria Azarenka in 2012 and 2013. The 26-year-old will next face Japan’s Moyuka Uchijima in the second round of the 2024 French Open. Interestingly, she is yet to play in a final in Paris.

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Her best result at the French Open came last year, when she reached the semi-finals of the tournament, eventually losing to Karolína Muchová. In January of this year, she won the 2024 Australian Open. However, her form dropped dramatically, as she failed to reach the quarter-finals of any other hard court event.

Aryna Sabalenka later proved that she was a top contender for the 2024 Roland-Garros title after she reached the final of the Madrid Open as well as the Italian Open. However, she lost to World No. 1 Iga Swiatek in both finals. Thus, the Belarusian tennis star would be aiming to win her maiden clay court major.

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