In the WTA Tour, after the end of Serena Williams' dominance, there has been a continuous evolution of world no.1: from Angelique Kerber to Karolina Pliskova, from Garbine Muguruza to Simona Halep, from Naomi Osaka to Ashleigh Barty, up to Iga Swiatek.
Behind Barty, for a long part of 2021, was Aryna Sabalenka. The Belarusian tennis player is facing a difficult and at times particular 2022: from the lack of results to the forced absence at Wimbledon. The start of this season was difficult, right from the Australian Open: in the first round of the Grand Slam, the Belarusian pushed her way to the round of 16, then lost to Kanepi by two sets to one.
After a complicated start on the hard-court season, the clay-season smiles her slightly more: final centered in the Stuttgart tournament, but lost to world number one, Iga Swiatek. Final also lost on grass, in Holland, against Alexandrova; that of S-Hertogenbosch was the only important stage on grass.
Being a Belarusian, Sabalenka was unable to participate in Wimbledon due to the organizers' choice to exclude them (together with the Russians) due to the war in Ukraine. The recovery on the North American hard-court was not so lucky: both from the point of view of the results and from the point of view of the numbers that you scored during the matches.
The disastrous figure
This season, Aryna Sabalenka has set an absolutely negative record: 310 double faults in service in 37 matches. With this negative goal, the Belarusian has given up so many games and many matches: 78 games have been given to her opponents because of her double faults.
There are rare cases in which the player does not make such serious mistakes: one of these was in the round of 16 in Doha. Of these 310 double fouls, 18 came only in the last game Coco Gauff lost in Toronto: nine in the first set alone, which the former number two lost to the young American.
The rest, on the other hand, are spread in the other two partial, one of which is conquered by her. Worse than Toronto it happened only in Australia: in the first Grand Slam, there were 19 double faults committed by the Belarusian in a single match.
310 double faults in 37 matches for Aryna Sabalenka 🇧🇾 in 2022
Thats nearly 78 games of tennis she has given away to opponents this year just by double faults. pic.twitter.com/COybg089Bp — Chris Goldsmith (@TheTennisTalker) August 11, 2022