After having back-to-back titles at the end of 2020, Belarus tennis ace Aryna Sabalenka will kick start the 2021 season with a lot of confidence in the new Abu Dhabi WTA 500 event Thursday.
In 2020, Sabalenka took her home title from Doha Open, Ostrava Open(Singles and Doubles) and Linz Open and finished the season as a top ten player in the world for the first time.
Following more than a month of preseason training, the 22-years-old Belarusian will now face Slovenia tennis star Polona Hercog in the 2021 Abu Dhabi Women’s Tennis Open’s opening round.
“I’ve had a good preseason, and after the preseason, I needed some time to get into my rhythm. Besides, I like to play in this region as it’s cold back home. I love playing in Doha and Dubai as well,” Sabalenka said in a recent interview ahead of the new season.
“I feel I can continue what I did last year and perhaps even go better than that,” she added.
“Before I Had Many Expectations, But This Year It’s Different”, says Aryna Sabalenka
Tennis tour suspended nearly six months last year due to the pandemic. As a result, several athletes continuously raise concerns over their body and mental fitness, but the World No.10 Sabalenka explained that the current situation does not bother her.
“I am just following the schedule, and honestly, we all just need to adjust our lives,” she added.
Aryna also emphasised that she does not have any expectations for the new season because of last year’s experience. Sabalenka continued, “I just want to make sure I am 100 per cent on things every day while enjoying the present.”
“Of course, game-wise, I need to find consistency in my play and be calm and professional about everything that concerns tennis and life. Perhaps, before I had many expectations, but this year it’s different, and I want to focus only on what I am doing on the court. Every day I find something new, and I hope through this, I will keep finding something new each time”, the eight-time WTA singles title winner concluded.