Aryna Sabalenka kicked off this year's Grand Slam campaign the same way she did last year: by powering her way to the Australian Open title.

The World No.2 was even more dominant this time around as she swept to the trophy without dropping a set, culminating with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over first-time Grand Slam finalist Zheng Qinwen on Rod Laver Arena.

Laver himself took to social media right after the final, where the 11-time Grand Slam champion congratulated the two-time major champion:

Sabalenka becomes the first woman to win back-to-back Australian Open titles since another former World No.1, Victoria Azarenka, took the title in 2012 and 2013. Azarenka is one of the host of tennis stars to add their plaudits...

The tennis media also took stock of Sabalenka's overwhelming performance Down Under this year.

In The Guardian, Tumaini Carayol wrote: "Sabalenka has further underlined her intentions and ability to continue making deep runs and winning big titles. The 25-year-old may bludgeon every last ball, playing such a high-risk, attacking style, but it is incredible how consistent she has become across all surfaces and conditions."

Writing for the BBC, Jonathan Jurejko said that Sabalenka's "experience of already having won there appeared to add an extra layer of belief in a series of composed performances. [...] Executing her aggressive approach to near perfection paid dividends."

And at, David Kane noted that Sabalenka "famously prophesized she would win at least two major titles by the age of 25, and does so just under the wire with a thunderous display [...] Sabalenka has become the tour's most consistent Grand Slam player[.]"