Tennis: Sabalenka at the top, how long can she last?

Holder of a Master’s degree in sports journalism, I fell in love with tennis since childhood and have always loved reading the great stories of this sport. Today, I want to tell them about them, take full advantage of my passion and be as close as possible to the aces of the circuit.

After a fantastic year in 2023 where she won her first Grand Slam title, at the Australian Open, Aryna Sabalenka became the new world number 1 the day after the US Open. Finalist in New York, the 25-year-old Belarusian achieved her greatest dream to honor the memory of her father. By dislodging Iga Swiatek, she took a serious option to keep the throne until the end of the season.

After years spent barely in the world top 10, Aryna Sabalenka was categorized as a machine that hits all the balls hard. Since last year, the Belarusian has shown exceptional progress and we understand better why she became the 29th player in history to occupy first place in the rankings. WTA. Recently, his case was analyzed by Darren Cahillcurrent coach of Jannik Sinnerin the podcast of Jimmy Connors.

A difficult mental effort

Given his nationality, the year ofAryna Sabalenka is all the more remarkable when we know that for a long time, each time she arrived at a press conference, it was to talk about the situation in Ukraine. The Belarusian sometimes had to take measures by skipping these meetings with the press, for example. Mentally, she has progressed a lot even if she sometimes let victory slip away in matches that she mastered, during the semi-finals at Roland-Garros et Wimbledon and in the final of theUS Open.

“She strived to become a much better athlete”

The game ofAryna Sabalenka is obviously a risky game. Moreover, not so long ago, she had a string of matches with 20 double faults, a disaster at that level. But she worked and she was recently praised by Darren Cahill. “Although she had good support, the real reason she was able to progress was because she took charge and took responsibility for everything. She doesn’t blame anyone. If she commits a double fault, she says: ‘It’s my fault. I have to change that. I need to go to the practice courts and understand why I’m making these double faults.’ She strived to become a much better athlete” did he declare.

Sabalenka advantage at end of season

While she managed to dislodge Every Swiatek after a year and a half of Polish domination, Aryna Sabalenka has a lead of more than 1000 points over its rival. The Belarusian could therefore withstand the shock at the end of the season if she continues her extraordinary consistency for months. In addition, the two players both missed the Guadalajara WTA 1000 to preserve themselves for the Asian tour. For the Pole, it will be a great discovery, she who was not one of the best players before Covid.

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