Sabalenka fights back to beat defending champion Ostapenko



Fri, 24 Feb 2023 - 05:11 GMT


Fri, 24 Feb 2023 - 05:11 GMT

Dubai - Despite losing the first set easily 2- 6, Belarusian World no.2 Aryna Sabalenka managed to knock out French Defending Champion, Jelena Ostapenko 2- 6, 6-2, 6-1.


Though Ostapenko started the match really aggressive and put pressure on Aryna who eyes World No.1 spot, Sapalenka fought back to win a three set tough match.


"To be honest, I mean, she played unbelievable tennis in the first set. I wasn't really ready for that fast tennis. She was just getting everything, and everything was in. I don't know, magically I turn around this match, start playing even more aggressive, step in a little bit, put her under pressure, especially on her serve. It's worked well." Sabalenka said in the press conference after the match.


And concerning her come back in such competitive matches, Sabalenka told Egypt Today "I am just reminding myself that I am a good player and I have to work hard , and that I have to bring my game to court everytime and use all chances to win the match and that's how I stop overthinking."


Sabalenka will play the winner from Krejcikova and Kvitova.



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