8 Months After Serena Williams’ Retirement, Aryna Sabalenka Touted to Take the Baton Owing to a Peculiar Coincidence

Published 05/23/2023, 5:35 AM EDT

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Aryna Sabalenka, currently ranked 2 in the WTA, has been powering through all the competition this season. The Belarusian player has shown the world just how she earned her rank and what is more to come. Just this year, she won the Australian Open and the Madrid Open. Along with that, she reached the finals stage for almost each tournament so far. It looks like Sabalenka is finally fulfilling the potential that was evident when she first broke into the professional circuit. As she is starting to assert her dominance on the WTA Tour, one journalist even went as far as comparing her to the Queen of the Court, Serena Williams. 

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Recently, a bizarre bond was created between Sabalenka and Williams. After her Madrid Open win, Williams had a question for the Belarusian, which was asked by the interviewer, Prakash Amritraj. Williams asked Sabalenka about her random thoughts during a match, which ended up including a burrito.

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Aryna Sabalenka had not been quite successful in her singles career prior to 2021. But her performance since the end of 2021 has been nothing short of impressive. She has managed to climb to the top 10 and even snagged a Grand Slam title. 

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Her performance shows that she is ready to improve upon on her playing style. Many have drawn comparisons of the world number 2 with other players. Christopher Clarey, a renowned tennis journalist, made a bold claim about the Belarusian beauty while on the Tennis Channel Inside-In podcast. Clarey told the listeners that he was aware of her talent much before she entered the top 10.

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While making note of her improved stability in her games, he also talked about the power of her shots. Although he commended her strength, he said that he wouldn’t put her shots above the Queen of the Court.

“She’s obviously got a little bit more stability in her game now and that’s the difference,” Clarey said. “But I remember talking about, three four years ago when she really emerged for the first time, talking to some of the greats in Navratilova, Tracy Austin, Chris Evert and they all saw the upside there. They all could see that, I wouldn’t call it next-level power because it’s kind of Serena level power I would say. But it’s Serena level power.”

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Aryna Sabalenka has won her second title of the season in the Madrid Open. Her dominance this season could continue in the French Open if she maintains her consistency. Is she one of the favorites to lift the Suzanne-Lenglen cup in Paris?

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