World No.7, Aryna Sabalenka claimed her ninth career title at the Abu Dhabi Open on the WTA tour after defeating Veronika Kudermetova in straight sets last week. Apart from helping her to attain the World No.7 spot, Sabalenka’s victory in Abu Dhabi is also bound to serve as a huge confidence-booster for the Belarusian ahead of the Australian Open, where she will be chasing her first Major.
Sabalenka extended her impressive winning streak to 15 matches with her victory over Russian Kudermetova and she hopes to continue this streak even at the season-opening Grand Slam in Melbourne.
“I was doing everything I could in each match from the beginning in Abu Dhabi and I am happy to start the season with a title. I am going to Australia. I am confident that I will do everything I can to win matches,” said Sabalenka.
‘If I lose then it’s fine. I just want to make sure I did everything I could’ – Sabalenka
Sabalenka has stated that she aims to continue her winning streak at the Australian Open. The World No.7 is 9-4 in her career finals and has won all her six finals in the past 16 months, but she does not rest on her laurels, as she is looking ahead at news goals.
Before the Abu Dhabi tournament, Sabalenka was struggling to find her shots but she chose to stay calm and kept working with the hope of getting her shots right at some point. Her belief is what has kept the Belarusian player start her new season with a title.
“Before the tournament, I didn’t play well and it was tough to adjust. I was staying calm and kept working and kept trying to find it. I didn’t have any expectations. I was focusing on my game, on my movement. I think this was the key. Some days I didn’t feel my forehand, some days I didn’t feel my backhand. Some days I didn’t have my serve, but I am proud that I kept going and kept fighting and trying to find my shots. This is what worked really well this week and what I am really with,” said Sabalenka.
Sabalenka showed impressive form in Abu Dhabi, where she dropped just one set during the tournament. As she prepares herself for the Australian Open; Sabalenka is aware of the conditions although she prefers to focus on her game and movements more. “This will be tough. I know that I can lose. Everyone can lose. I will do everything I can to continue winning. If I lose then it’s fine. I just want to make sure I did everything I could. It’s really tough, but I think I can handle it,” Sabalenka further added.