“It’s difficult to move the ball and make winning shots,” Aryna Sabalenka joins Daniil Medvedev in criticism of the balls at the China Open

Sabalenka finds difficult to make the ball moving at China Open.


“It’s difficult to move the ball and make winning shots,” Aryna Sabalenka joins Daniil Medvedev in criticism of the balls at the China Open

Aryna Sabalenka(Image via Daily Express)

Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) World No.1 Aryna Sabalenka is the next player to take a shot at the balls being used at the China Open. Following the likes of Daniil Medvedev and Stan Wawrinka, Sabalenka also expresses her disapproval of the balls currently being used.

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“I would prefer to play with another type of ball on this surface, because after a few matches, they become very big and heavy, which makes the game slow,” said the Belarusian. The World No.1 justified that the balls tend to become heavy through the course of the game. She has joined a list of players like Stan Wawrinka, Daniil Medvedev, and Taylor Fritz, who also have claimed that the balls are hard to play with on the hard court. “It’s difficult to move the ball and make winning shots,” she said at the press conference.

Shortly before the Belarusian’s accusation of the quality of the ball, Medvedev had established his apprehensions. “I’m sorry but these balls on hard courts are a joke. You can’t control them. I’m not saying I played badly, but it’s a completely different game, said the Russian. He admitted that the balls felt heavier compared to the other hard-court matches he had played at other locations. This opinion of his is shared by Aryna Sabalenka as well.

While the Belarusian had won her first two matches of the China Open, she still finds it hard to play when these balls are used. According to this elite list of players, the balls become too heavy to play with. Carlos Alcaraz is another player who shares these concerns. However, according to him, these heavy balls will increase the chances of injury among his fellow players.

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Aryna Sabalenka explains her successful history in China

World No.1 is not the only title Aryna Sabalenka holds. She is addressed as the ‘Daughter of China’ fondly by the tennis audience. However, the Belarusian has explained the secret behind her incredible performance in the country.

Aryna Sabalenka (Image via The West Australian)

“Historically, I have always played very well in China, having to overcome enormous challenges which have strengthened me as a person, and as a tennis player,” said Sabalenka. She also revealed that the support from the Chinese fans has played a major part in her success in this part of the world.

“The support from the people here is amazing. They make me feel very loved,” said the Belarusian. However, the only aspect of the China Open in Beijing that she would like to change is the type of balls used during the matches.

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