"I think I'm pretty calm inside like I'm outside," stated Sabalenka. "I'm defending champion, but worst case, I'm like, 'okay, I'm gonna lose this tournament, and it's less points to defend next year.' Then that's it.
"That's helping me to just stay focused and try your best in each match without thinking about defending something."
Six successive major semi-finals have now yielded three Grand Slam finals for Sabalenka, which in comparison with Zheng is a wealth of experience on the main stage.
"I would say emotionally I'll be very ready to fight. Not going crazy," maintained the 2023 champion. "Because when you play first final you kind of get emotional and rushing things sometimes.
"When you're third time in the finals, you're like, 'okay, it's a final, it's okay. It's just another match,' and you're able to separate yourself from that thing. Just focus on your game."