“Was Almost Crying”: Aryna Sabalenka Reveals Emotions Upon Reaching First Grand Slam QFs at Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 07/05/2021, 11:46 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


Second seed Aryna Sabalenka has found her way through to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon Championships 2021, beating Elena Rybakina 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. Notably, it is also the first time she has made it into a Grand Slam quarterfinal. No doubt, the 23-year-old Belarusian will be proud of her performance.

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Until now, Sabalenka has made a clear statement that she is ready to compete for the title. Moreover, her hard-hitting groundstrokes and quick service game has given her an edge over any competition. Hence, despite losing the second set, the Belarusian remained composed and played her best tennis when it was needed the most. And now, she has improved her best Grand Slam result on her resume.

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

Unquestionably, such a feat is an extraordinary achievement for a tennis player. But now, it would be interesting to see if Sabalenka can convert this milestone into something even bigger. In the quarterfinals, the Belarusian will face Birmingham champion and Iga Swiatek’s conqueror at Wimbledon, Ons Jabeur.

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Aryna Sabalenka expresses emotions after reaching Wimbledon Championships 2021 QFs

Near the end of the drama-filled match, Sabalenka found herself close to a breakdown as she could see her place in the quarterfinals. Since it would register as her best Grand Slam result of her career, it became even harder to hold herself back.

She said, “In the last game, I was almost crying because I felt everything is going well. I’m a few points from my 1st personal goal in the Slams.”

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 5, 2021 Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka reacts during her fourth round match against Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

However, the young Belarusian realized that it was not the time for her to cry yet. Instead, she told herself to save it for the matches yet to come in the Championships

“Then I cooled down and understand this is not the final goal. There’s a match tomorrow and this is not the moment where I can cry.”

Without a doubt, the Madrid Open winner showed that she has what it takes to win big stake matches. Moreover, since the match was on Centre Court, it makes her performance even more remarkable. Let’s see if she can continue the same in the biggest matches of her career ahead.

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What are Sabalenka’s chances to win the Wimbledon title?

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Inarguably, Sabalenka is one of the most likely contenders to lift the Wimbledon Championships 2021 title. On top of that, the departure of top-ranked players such as Elina Svitolina, Sofia Kenin, Bianca Andreescu, Serena Williams, Iga Swiatek, Petra Kvitova, and others has improved her chances to win. Concisely, she and Australian World No.1 Ashleigh Barty are the only two left from the WTA Top 10 rankings in the main draw.

To sum up, if Sabalenka maintains her high level of tennis, it would need a considerable performance to stop her. Similarly, Jabeur has also proved that she is every bit capable of overcoming top players. Therefore, a great battle awaits for fans to witness in the Wimbledon quarterfinals.

Whose side are you on?

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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