“Trying Not to Think About It”: Aryna Sabalenka on Comparisons with Serena Williams After Success at Wimbledon Championship 2021

Published 07/07/2021, 5:45 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 5, 2021 Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka celebrates winning her fourth round match against Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina REUTERS/Peter Nicholls


Belarus international, Aryna Sabalenka, booked her place in the semi-final of the 2021 Wimbledon Championship last night. The 23-year-old did so in style, beating her Tunisian counterpart, Ons Jabeur. Aryna has been phenomenal, so far in the tournament, putting on some brilliant performances. With one emphatic win after the other, the Belarusian seems unstoppable, in fine touch, and on course to conquer the tournament.

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Courtesy of her recent form, the 23-year-old has drawn comparisons to some of the greats of the game. At the post-match press conference, she was asked what the names of champions such as Serena Williams and the others meant to her. Talking about those she watched and admired growing up, Aryna said, ‘I think Serena, maybe. When I was young, I liked how she dominated on the tour.”

 

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 “I’m trying to focus on my game”- Aryna Sabalenka

Aryna is arguably in the best form of her life, while also playing at the biggest stage in this sport. With one step away from the final, she stands a chance of joining those she once admired. However, while that might mount to pressure for some, the Belarusian seems unaffected by it, as she places full focus on taking it one day at a time.

“I’m trying to [not] really think about this. I’m trying to focus on my game, to prepare myself as good as I can for the next match. I will think about this later,” said Sabalenka.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 28, 2021 Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka celebrates winning her first round match against Romania’s Monica Niculescu REUTERS/Toby Melville
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Aryna’s journey so far has been remarkable. Naturally, she is well determined and chooses not to lose focus whatsoever. Her calm and composed demeanor off-court is contradictory to her personality on-court, as her aggression is her biggest strength.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2021 Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka reacts during her second round match against Russia’s Daria Kasatkina REUTERS/Kelly Defina

Sabalenka is not far away from winning her first Wimbledon title

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The 23-year-old has her eyes set on the prize. A place in the finals will be the first goal right now, before the ultimate glory of winning the title. However, to achieve this feat, she has to beat former World No. 1, Karolina Pliskova, who has been equally great throughout the tournament.

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As fans hold on to their nerves, an exceptional game is guaranteed. Both players have the habit to dominate the match through lethal attacking and a smart defensive display. However, only one can come out on the top. With a chance to get into touching distance of the iconic title, will Aryna make history? Or will she lose knocking at the champion’s doors? Undoubtedly, a fierce battle is guaranteed.

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