Infuriated Aryna Sabalenka Targets Her Coaching Staff in an Uncontrollable Act of Frustration before Miraculously Stalling Madison Keys’ Dominance at US Open

Published 09/09/2023, 7:22 AM EDT

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Apart from tennis stars stealing the moments through their brilliance on the court, the ongoing US Open has also been making headlines for some other reasons as well. During a recent match, the energetic crowd witnessed a remarkable display of emotions by Aryna Sabalenka on the tennis court. The reigning Australian Open champion confronted an impressive challenge from her rival, Madison Keys. Down a set and a break, Sabalenka exploded toward her coaching staff. The incident left the commentators, and the viewers flabbergasted.

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Despite facing such adversities, the Belarusian mobilized back to triumph in three sets. She had faced the challenges head-on and exhibited the unyielding soul of a champion, but not before letting her emotions get the better of her.

Aryna Sabalenka gets the better of her opponent while lashing out at her coaching staff

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As the semi-final match between Aryna Sabalenka and Madison Keys initiated, few viewers might have anticipated the rollercoaster of emotions. The first set unfurled horribly for Sabalenka. She was given an embarrassing 0-6 bagel by the steady Madison Keys. It was a set of tennis that Sabalenka would need to neglect, yet it was just the start of her hardships that night.

Sabalenka’s composure deteriorated in the second set when Keys broke her serve for a 2-1 lead. She sat on the court, feeling overpowered by Keys’ strong shots, and even bowed down. She vented her resentment with harsh speech towards her coaching staff. Sabalenka had even smashed her racquet so hard that it flew in the air before crashing to the ground.

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Yet again, a couple of heart-beating points later, Sabalenka was celebrating with joy. She kneeled on the court in Arthur Ashe Stadium, tears of rapture spilling down her face. The Belarusian finally secured her most memorable match at the US Open. It was a victory of assurance and a sign of the unpredictable nature of tennis.

Sabalenka recently shared her views on defeating local fan favorite stars and begged for support from the energetic crowds at her final match.

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The Belarusian recently shared a playful take on facing American crowds in the US Open Final

Sabalenka has been a standout performer at the US Open, overcoming top players to secure her spot in the championship match. In the semifinals, she faced local favorite Madison Keys, which meant the crowd was not on her side. Now, in the final, she will once again be up against an American fan favorite tennis star, Coco Gauff. The Belarusian tennis ace expects a similar situation with the crowd support.

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Sabalenka is well aware of the passionate support American fans show to their local athletes, regardless of the opponent. She humorously addressed this in her post-match press conference, expressing her hope for at least some support from the crowd in the final. She acknowledged that today’s challenging match might prepare her for the finals, where she expects to face similar crowd dynamics.

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Dr Aditya Raveendran Menon

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Aditya Menon is a Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports, covering several high-profile tournaments and events. With a passion for writing that matches his love for the sport, he has a special interest in covering the activities of tennis legends like Serena Williams and the ‘Big Three’ of men’s tennis. Aditya’s interest in tennis started at a young age when his father introduced him to the sport.
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Aishwary Gaonkar

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