Aryna Sabalenka is one of the fastest rising players in the WTA circuit. Coming from Belarus, the 21-year-old has had a lot of success in the last two years.
In fact, 2019 also saw her breaking into the top 10. She also saw some doubles success, winning the US Open doubles title along with Elise Mertens. However, a personal tragedy completely changed the course of her career.
She lost her father who was the most crucial element in her life. In a recent interview, Sabalenka highlighted the importance of her father.
What did Aryna Sabalenka say?
Sabalenka revealed that it was her father who introduced her to the sports of tennis. A young Aryna randomly embraced the world of tennis.
“My father invested a lot in me. It was he who decided to give me to sports, so that I was active and moved a lot. Once we drove past a tennis court, and he asked: “Maybe we will try?” Well, I thought, why not. Then I was six. I started playing and I liked to hit the ball with a racket.”
Sabalenka revealed that she was always lie tempered when it came to tennis. She just couldn’t digest losing. However, even in his death, her father taught her a very key lesson for the journey.
“As a child, I could not control my emotions. Dad told me: “You are only 12, but you have already smashed six rackets. Are you normal or what? ” Now I am more calm on the court. And after my father died, I realized that there are worse things than losing the match. I continued and continue to move on for him.”
Sometimes, we learn the hardest lessons the tough way. Some of our most addictive but wrong habits go away only with a major life event. Aryna Sabalenka learnt that lesson through the death of her father.