"In Melbourne, Australia, Aryna Sabalenka, ranked No. 2 in the world, delivered a nearly flawless performance to clinch her second consecutive Australian Open title. She triumphed over China's Zheng Qinwen in the women's final on Saturday with a decisive score of 6-3, 6-2."

"Displaying dominance from the very beginning, the defending champion swiftly dismantled Zheng's service games three times, securing the victory in just 1 hour and 16 minutes. With this achievement, she becomes the first woman since her Belarusian compatriot Victoria Azarenka in 2012 and 2013 to claim consecutive titles in Melbourne."

"Sabalenka's second Grand Slam triumph concludes a commanding two weeks, during which she claimed victory in all 14 sets played and conceded merely 31 games in total."

"Zheng, seeded 12th in Australia, found herself in her inaugural Grand Slam final and appeared to succumb to pressure right from her opening service game."

"Sabalenka secured a break for a 2-0 lead and, although initially appearing vulnerable to conceding the break immediately, she regrouped to fend off three break point opportunities, maintaining her advantage for a swift 3-0 lead."

"Throughout the remainder of the first set, Sabalenka continued her relentless performance on her service games, dominating with her first serves and denying Zheng any further break point opportunities."

Sabalenka seized an early break in the opening game, capitalizing on three double faults from Zheng.

Sabalenka's advantage in the second set allowed her to swiftly capitalize on it, effectively putting the contest almost out of reach.

A protest momentarily halted the match as Zheng began to find her rhythm on serve, but akin to the first set, it proved to be too late.

Sabalenka secured another break in the fifth game and shortly thereafter served for the match, conceding only five games, the fewest in an Australian Open final since Azarenka surrendered three in 2012.

Sabalenka expressed her delight with her performance in the final as well as throughout the entire two weeks in Melbourne. She also admitted to feeling relieved that she could demonstrate her Grand Slam victory wasn't just a stroke of luck.

"I'm absolutely thrilled to secure this victory today," she exclaimed during her post-match press conference.

"I aimed to prove my consistency and demonstrate that I can win multiple Grand Slam titles. While I aspire to win more than two in the future, securing this second title was incredibly meaningful to me."

"It's always been on my mind that I didn't want to be the kind of player who wins just one and then fades away."

She mentioned that the exposure to playing in more significant matches, including her loss in last year's US Open final to Coco Gauff, had prepared her emotionally for a strong beginning that she maintained throughout.

"Compared to last year, I'm a completely different player," Sabalenka remarked. "I'm more composed and... I don't allow external distractions to affect me; instead, I'm solely focused on myself."

She has solidified her status as one of the top hard-court players globally; out of the 14 titles she has clinched, 12 were on hard courts, including her two Grand Slam victories in Melbourne.