Wardrobe malfunction Australian Open Aryna Sabalenka Belinda Bencic identical outfits

Wardrobe malfunction at the Australian Open as stars Aryna Sabalenka and Belinda Bencic clash in practically IDENTICAL outfits

  • Aryna Sabalenka and Belinda Bencic played in identical outfits
  • The pattern was similar to the one worn by Frances Tiafoe last week
  • Sabalenka was too good for 12th seed Bencic to win 7-5 6-2

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Aryna Sabalenka donned an almost identical outfit to her opponent Belinda Bencic as she demonstrated her awe-inspiring power by beating 32 winners to push into the quarterfinals of the Australian Open for the first time.

The pair showed up for their Round of 16 clash at the Rod Laver Arena in abstract patterned outfits similar to those US star Frances Tiafoe had caught the eye of last week.

Aryna Sabalenka donned an identical outfit to her opponent Belinda Bencic as she demonstrated her awe-inspiring power by beating 32 winners to push into the quarterfinals of the Australian Open for the first time

Aryna Sabalenka donned an identical outfit to her opponent Belinda Bencic as she demonstrated her awe-inspiring power by beating 32 winners to push into the quarterfinals of the Australian Open for the first time

The pair showed up to their Round of 16 clash at the Rod Laver Arena in a similar abstract patterned outfit to the one American star Frances Tiafoe who turned heads last week

The pair showed up to their Round of 16 clash at the Rod Laver Arena in a similar abstract patterned outfit to the one American star Frances Tiafoe who turned heads last week

The pair showed up to their Round of 16 clash at the Rod Laver Arena in a similar abstract patterned outfit to the one American star Frances Tiafoe who turned heads last week

The red-purple and blue patterns divided opinion among viewers, with some describing the kit as iconic, while others questioned whether Nike’s designers had indulged in drug use in creating the outfit.

The wardrobe malfunction did not distract Sabalenka, who continued her perfect start to the year with a 7-5 6-2 victory over 12th seed Bencic.

Bencic raced to a 4–2 lead, but only won one of the next six games, dropping the opening set with a double fault.

Sabalenka’s superior serve was telling as she walked away with an eighth consecutive straight set win of the year in one hour and 27 minutes.

Frances Tiafoe (pictured) stole the show earlier this week with his similarly patterned outfit

Frances Tiafoe (pictured) stole the show earlier this week with his similarly patterned outfit

Frances Tiafoe (pictured) stole the show earlier this week with his similarly patterned outfit

“I am super happy with the win today,” said Sabalenka.

“(Bencic) is an incredible player, she played so well, and I’m super happy with the level today.”

Sabalenka has said she tried to be “more boring” on the pitch – keeping her emotions in check – and didn’t let her head down when she came into the break early.

“It takes me a while to realize that negative emotions won’t help you on the track,” Sabalenka said.

“You just have to stay strong and believe in it no matter what happens and do everything you can to get back in the scoring and win the game.

“I’m super happy with my mindset during today’s game.”

Sabalenka has made three grand slam semi-finals in the past two years, but never played in Melbourne Park in the last eight.

The 24-year-old will meet unseeded Croatian Donna Vekic or Czech teenager Linda Fruhvirtova on Wednesday for a place in the semi-finals.

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