World No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka has worked with a psychologist over the past few years but she thinks that no psychologist can prepare you for the stress and pressure of a Grand Slam semfiinal. Sabalenka made her maiden Grand Slam semifinal at this past Wimbledon, before losing in three sets to Karolina Pliskova.
Sabalenka also made the US Open semifinal, before she was surprised by Leylah Fernandez. "I have worked with a psychologist for a very long time. In fact, if you look at me 4 years ago and now, I have improved my mental state.
It seems to me that no psychologist will be able to prepare me for these situations (in Grand Slams). You have to experience it yourself, feel it, be nervous, understand this situation for yourself. I'm more than sure that in the next Grand Slam semi-final I won't be so nervous.
I will act with more confidence, I will not make the stupid mistakes I made in the important moments of the last semi-final. It's a matter of experience, you have to go through it. I don't think a psychologist will be able to prepare you for this," Sabalenka said, per We Love Tennis.
Sabalenka set to return to action
Sabalenka was projected to play her first tournament since the US Open in Indian Wells but she was withdrawn from Indian Wells after a positive COVID-19 test. "It's so beautiful outside!
I want to play, I want to do tournaments. I'm tired of training or doing nothing. I need to go outside and play. Why couldn't they just isolate me from the other players and let me play? I could keep my distance and stay away from everyone.
But I guess it wouldn't work well because we would always hit the same balls, and it could be dangerous," Sabalenka said. Sabalenka has recovered from COVID-19 and she is the top seed at this week's WTA event in Moscow.