World No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka admitted she never thought she would be one day seeded at No. 1 at the WTA Finals. Sabalenka, 23, is set to make her debut at the WTA Finals. "I couldn't imagine one day I will be top speeded at the WTA Finals," Sabalenka admitted, per WTA Insider.
"This is something amazing and unbelievable. I'm really super happy with my level this year. I'm really proud of my team, what they have done for me this year." Sabalenka finished second on the Race to the WTA Finals list but she is the top seed since Ashleigh Barty pulled out of the event.
"I wanted to let everyone know that I won't be competing in any further tournaments in 2021, including the WTA Finals in Mexico," Barty said in a statement. "It was a difficult decision but I need to prioritise my body and my recovery from our 2021 season and focus on having the strongest pre-season for the Australian summer."
Sabalenka still without a Grand Slam title
Sabalenka made back-to-back Grand Slam semifinals at Wimbledon and the US Open. Recently, Sabalenka suggested the pressure was too big for her in both Grand Slam semifinals. "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.