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Aryna Sabalenka vs. Qinwen Zheng LIVE score, highlights and updates from Australian Open women’s final

Reigning Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka will be aiming for her second major when she meets China’s Qinwen Zheng in the women’s singles final at Rod Laver Arena.

The second seed will be hot favourite to win in her third Grand Slam decider, while 12th seed Zheng is in her first major final.

Will Sabalenka go back-to-back at Melbourne Park or can Zheng cause a major upset?

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The Sporting News is following the Aryna Sabalenka vs. Qinwen Zheng final live, providing score updates, commentary, and highlights as it happenes.

Aryna Sabalenka vs. Qinwen Zheng live score

  Set 1 Set 2

[2] Aryna Sabalenka

3*

[12] Qinwen Zheng (CHN)

1

*Denotes server

Aryna Sabalenka vs. Qinwen Zheng score, updates, highlights and commentary

*Denotes server

Sabalenka 3-1 Zheng*

Zheng hits the Sabalenka return for a clean winner. 15-0. An ace for the Chinese player makes it 30-0. And another ace. She is settling down. 40-0. An unreturned serve gets Zheng on the board.

Sabalenka* 3-0 Zheng

Zheng makes the pass after Sabalenka fails to win the point at the net. Crowd goes wild. They are getting behind the underdog. 0-15. Sabalenka hits long and Zheng has a surprise look here. 0-30. Another unforced error from Sabalenka and it’s three break back points for Zheng. 0-40. Zheng hits the first long. 15-40. Sabalenka catches the line with a drive before Zheng nets. 30-40. Sabalenka saves the third with a powerful backhand winner. Deuce. Impressive recovery there from the second seed. The reigning champ shows her power, steps in and forces the error from Zheng. Adv Sabalenka. Zheng nets and it’s a hold for Sabalenka. From 0-40 down.

Sabalenka 2-0 Zheng*

Sabalenka makes a strong return and Zheng guides a shot wide. 0-15. An unreturned serve and Zheng is on the board to the cheers of the crowd. 15-15. Sabalenka just gets the return over and Zheng eventually misfires. 15-30. Zheng nets and it’s two break points for Sabalenka. 15-40. Zheng hits long and that’s an early break.

Sabalenka* 1-0 Zheng

Sabalenka shows her power straight away. Hitting a backhand winner. 15-0. An unreturned serve as Zheng can only frame. 30-0. The world no.2 serves an ace down the middle. 40-0. Zheng finally gets in a rally but hits long. Easy hold for the second seed. 

Start

Qinwen Zhang won the toss and elected to receive.

7:40pm: The warm-up is ongoing at the moment. Can’t be long now until the start.

7:38pm: Both players are out on court for the warm-up. Roof is open here although it looks cloudy in the skies of Melbourne. Only a few minutes away here.

7:25pm: Crowd is filling up here at Rod Laver Arena. The trophy is being paraded at the moment. Players are still not out yet.

7:15pm: Sabalenka has yet to drop a set on her run to the Australian Open final, while Zheng has had a kind run, avoiding a meeting with any players in the top 50 on her way to the decider.

7:00pm: 12th seed Zheng is into her first Grand Slam final. Her previous best result at a major was the quarter-finals of US Open 2023 – where she was defeated by Sabalenka in straight sets.

6:45pm: Second seed Sabalenka defeated Elena Rybakina to win the title on this night last year and she is overwhelming favourite to do so once again.

6:30pm (AEDT): Welcome to tonight’s Australian Open women’s singles final at Rod Laver Arena between reigning champion Aryna Sabalenka and Chinese talent Qinwen Zheng.

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How to watch Aryna Sabalenka vs. Qinwen Zheng: TV channel, live stream

The women’s singles final is set to begin at 7.30pm AEDT on Saturday, January 27.

Here’s a breakdown of the TV channels and live streams showing the match in the major territories around the world:

Country TV Channel Live Stream
USA ESPN, Tennis Channel Fubo , ESPN+
Canada RDS, TSN TSN Direct
UK Eurosport discovery+
Australia Channel Nine Stan Sport

Aryna Sabalenka vs. Qinwen Zheng odds, prediction, match details

Match: [2] Aryna Sabalenka vs. [12] Qinwen Zheng (CHN)
Date: Saturday, January 27
Round: Women’s singles final
Court: Rod Laver Arena
Start Time: 7:30pm (AEDT)

All odds courtesy of TAB

Aryna Sabalenka win: 1.15
Qinwen Zheng win: 5.00

Handicap lean: Zheng +5.5 (1.70)
Set prediction: Sabalenka in 2

It’s hard to look past Sabalenka for the victory with the world No. 2’s power simply being too much for her opponents throughout Australian Open 2023 and 2024.

Having not dropped a set throughout her six matches at Melbourne Park, Sabalenka at her best will likely be too powerful to stop.

While Zheng has had a kind path to the final, somehow avoiding a match against any other seeded players, the Chinese talent has shown significant improvement in her game.

Against Dayana Yastremska, a player with similar power to Sabalenka, Zheng used the pace of the ball from her opponent and defended expertly to get the job done in straight sets.

This will likely not be enough against Sabalenka but will be a start in making the final into a contest.

Sabalenka has been known to have demons during matches in the past — like when she lost the US Open 2023 final to Coco Gauff after being a set up.

These kind of mental concerns will likely need to happen if Zheng is to have any chance of causing a boilover.

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