The world number 1 Aryna Sabalenka talked about the indissoluble bond that binds her to Paula Badosa, and how she considers the Spanish tennis player as her soulmate. The Belarusian tennis player said, as reported by Punto de Break: "It is very difficult.
It doesn't happen very often that you can find your soulmate on the circuit because we compete against each other. But we had this deal: on the court we are opponents, we can shout whatever we want, but off the court we are friends again.
We can take a day, depending on who wins, to accept the fact that one of us lost, but then we become friends again. It's hard, and I'm super happy to have her. She is a very nice girl and having her by my side is very important to me."
Aryna Sabalenka: "I want to remain number 1"
While the men's tournament has just begun, there is great anticipation for the women's tournament in Beijing.
The WTA tournament will feature some stars and among these there is certainly the number one in the world, the Belarusian tennis player Aryna Sabalenka. 2023 was a great year for the Belarusian who won a Slam, she proved to be competitive on all surfaces and overtook Iga Swiatek in the rankings, thus becoming number one in the world.
Sabalenka spoke at the press conference, analyzing: "It is special to return to China and it is even more special to come here as number one in the world. I am motivated to do important things, no matter how difficult it is for me to achieve them but I have no intention of give up."
The tennis player continued: "I want to finish this season as the best tennis player in the world and I want to stay in first position for as long as possible.
Every time I reach a goal, I set new ones and this is very exciting. Now I want to give my all and do my best here in Beijing." The tennis player also talked about what happened after the US Open and the final lost against Coco Gauff: "I worked a lot on the volley, I'm determined to go to the net and do it with greater determination.
After the US Open and the final I think this is fundamental for my game." Finally, speaking of the first position, Aryna comments radiantly: "This situation is new for me, it still seems crazy to be first. I know that at this moment I represent all of women's tennis and this generates further responsibilities. It must be said that nothing has changed in less time."
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