”Will Speak About It With Kostya”: Aryna Sabalenka on Emulating Serena Williams

Published 09/29/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 8, 2021 Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka is seen during a practice session before her semi final match against Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova Pool via REUTERS/David Gray


Belarusian World No.2 Aryna Sabalenka has had a blockbuster 2021 season so far. However, she missed out on two back-to-back opportunities to win her maiden Grand Slam title, ending as a semifinalist in Wimbledon and US Open. So, what does the 23-year-old must do to win her first major title? A fan recently suggested she win it as Serena Williams won the 2017 Australian Open – pregnant.

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Funnily enough, Sabalenka answered the fan with a hilarious response on her Instagram story. At first, she said she would consult her team, then added if the boyfriend’s ready, before ending it with a witty take on the fans.

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Fan suggests Aryna Sabalenka win Grand Slam while pregnant, like Serena Williams

Without any doubt, Serena Williams winning the 2017 Australian Open while being pregnant is one of the most inspiring achievements in the sporting world. And to repeat such a feat would most certainly be next to impossible.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 14, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts during her fourth round match against Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka REUTERS/Loren Elliott

During a Q&A with fans on Instagram, Aryna Sabalenka got a fan suggestion to go the Serena way to win her first. But before that, she answered when she wanted to have children and asked for their inputs.

“After my career, or maybe in 5 years and then come back or maybe not. Who knows, or maybe now and then come back? What do you think?” Sabalenka answered the question about children.

Following that, a fan responded, “Win Grand Slam while you’re pregnant, like Serena.”

Naturally, the suggestion got her to pose awkwardly. She replied, “I will speak with my team about it. And with Kostya (her boyfriend), if he [is] ready. People think this’s the only way I can win a Grand Slam.”

Aryna Sabalenka’s 2021 season so far

This year, Sabalenka won the Abu Dhabi and the Mutua Madrid Open tournaments. As a result, she brought her total up to ten WTA titles.

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Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 8, 2021 Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka reacts during her semi final match against Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova REUTERS/Toby Melville

Besides, she also reached the final in Stuttgart Open and National Bank Open semifinals. In all, Sabalenka has a 43-15 win-loss record on the WTA Tour.

From here on, the Belarusian will be looking forward to competing at the upcoming WTA 1000 Indian Wells event. And then, try for the WTA Finals this year.

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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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