Aryna Sabalenka is into her first grand slam final with the powerhouse Belarusian booking an Australian Open title showdown against Elena Rybakina.

Playing in her fourth major semi-final, the 24-year-old finally found success with victory on Thursday night over unseeded Pole Magda Linette 7-6 (7-1) 6-2.

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Wimbledon champion Rybakina outplayed two-time Open champion Victoria Azarenka 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 in the other semi-final to also advance to her first decider at Melbourne Park.

Sabalenka used her powerful forehand to dominate her opponent, with her average forehand speed of around 140km/h equal with some of the top men’s players on the circuit.

Italian tennis star Matteo Berrettini had a similar forehand speed at the 2022 Australian Open and has the quickest forehand in men’s tennis.

Aryna Sabalenka kisses her biceps as she laughs about her average forehand speed. Credit: Twitter – @wwos

Speaking during her on court interview following the impressive win, Casey Dellacqua said Sabalenka has a “super impressive” forehand.

The crowd erupted with cheers as Sabalenka laughed and kissed her biceps.

“I’m just wondering, does it feel as good as it looks?” Dellacqua asked Sabalenka.

“Well, to be honest, not really,” Sabalenka said.

“I actually think that I hit really slow balls today,” Sabalenka replied with a laugh.

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

The victory continued Sabalenka’s stunning start to the year, the world No.5 not dropping a set in her 10-match winning streak that included a title in Adelaide.

She got off to a nervous start, giving up her opening serve to trail 0-2, but settled into the match and regrouped to win the next three games.

The tie-break was one-way traffic with Sabalenka blasting winners off both sides from the back of the court as she stormed through 7-1.

While veteran Linette toiled hard, she lacked the firepower of her opponent, who took full control, hitting 33 winners to just nine.

Up 5-1, Sabalenka had three match points on the serve of world No.45 but Linette was able to claw her way back.

The stay of execution only lasted until the next game, as Sabalenka served out the match, with an unplayable forehand icing the win.

With AAP

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