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Australian Open Sabalenka registers statement win American qualifier ousts 9th seed Kudermetova

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Aryna Sabalenka showed why she should be taken seriously as an Australian Open contender Thursday by powering into the third round past a tricky opponent in straight sets

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The Belarusian swept past 51st-ranked American Shelby Rogers 6-3, 6-1 in an hour and 27 minutes on Rod Laver Arena

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It went to five deuces on Shelby’s serve before a rasping crosscourt forehand and a scream of “Come on!” from Sabalenka brought up a third break point

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She converted for a 5-3 lead and served out the set to love. Sabalenka kept up the pressure on Shelby’s serve at the start of the second set, breaking for a 2-1 lead

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The Belarusian was now on a confident roll, peppering Shelby with winners off both wings as she broke twice more before ripping home a backhand crosscourt pass on her first match point

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Sabalenka, who reached the semi-finals at the US Open last year, extended her 2023 unbeaten record to six matches after winning the recent Adelaide International without dropping a set

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