Aryna Sabalenka shares a brutal confession after the US Open defeat

In the press conference, the Belarusian analyzed the defeat against Coco Gauff

Aryna Sabalenka was defeated by Coco Gauff in the final of the 2023 US Open, but from Monday she will be the new no.1 in the WTA ranking.At the press conference, the Belarusian tennis player spoke about this and much more, revealing her feelings.

An excellent year with the achievement of at least the semifinal in each Grand Slam but only one success.Sabalenka explained: “First of all I want to say thank you to everyone. There are good things and not so good things obviously from this match, but I accept everything and that’s fine.

It’s a process, we are learning and I think I will take a lesson from all this, and I will come back stronger.”Then commenting on the defeat against Coco, she said: “During the first set I managed my emotions quite well, I was only focused on myself and not on my opponent or the public.

Coco moved incredibly today, but it must be said that from the second set I started to think too much and from that moment on my shots lost strength. I made too many mistakes and let’s say I played against myself, but the bad thing is that I still have these problems and they haven’t totally disappeared.

I will work harder so that next time it doesn’t happen and above all that you no longer feel tired, as happened today. Cori moved and defended very well, better than anyone else, I was forced to always play one more ball but in general I think that today it was mostly all my fault, she defended well and in key moments she was better.”

Sabalenka talks also about the crowd
The Belarusian also spoke about the crowd at the Arthur Ashe Stadium: “The crowd? I didn’t play against the crowd, I received many messages of support when I was here, but obviously in the final the crowd supported her and not me.

She is 19 years old , she’s American and she’s playing a Grand Slam final, all of this is incredible and that’s why tonight we can say that she wrote history. I expected this atmosphere, I didn’t want to react to the public because I knew they would charge even more, but she felt comfortable with herself and it showed on the court.

Sometimes I get too emotional, today on the pitch I thought too much and made so many absurd mistakes. In the second set I made a lot of it and I helped her not only to get back into the match but also to make her believe she could win.

It was a challenge against myself. Overall it’s a huge achievement and I’m proud of myself. Now my goal is to finish the season in first position, reach the top and stay there.”

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