Aryna Sabalenka was defeated by Iga Swiatek in the semifinal of the 2023 WTA Finals which was played in Cancun (Mexico). The Polish tennis player prevailed with a peremptory 6-3 6-2 without ever giving up serve during the match and winning 81 percent of points with her first serve.
Swiatek then faced and beat the American Jessica Pegula for the title and, thanks to the victory of the tournament, the Pole will end the season at number 1 in the WTA rankings, overtaking the Australian Open champion.
Aryna Sabalenka happy for her 2023: "Incredible season"
Sabalenka ends her 2023 season following the defeat in Cancun; the Belarusian tennis player described her competitive year and the recently concluded Finals in 3 words.
"As for my performance here, challenging, terrible, not the best... Super sad. And this season? Amazing, amazing, the best. I would like to say the best about this tournament," she said. We remind you that Sabalenka topped the Bacalar group by winning against the Kazakh Elena Rybakina and the Greek Maria Sakkari only to lose against the American Jessica Pegula.
Sabalenka said regarding her match today that she will use this match as a lesson for the future, stating: "I have had many lessons this season. A lot of tough defeats, a lot of big wins, becoming No. 1 in the world but it's not about the rankings.
I feel like in those tough games, that's something you have to learn sometimes. I will continue to work. I feel like I'm going in the right direction, I have to stick to our plan and move forward, forget about the negative side of this season, focus on the positive and keep working and keep getting better." In December the Belarusian will be involved in exhibition matches in view of the start of the 2024 season with the preparatory tournaments for the Australian Open of which she holds the title won during the year just ended. Sabalenka, in Melbourne, should also defend the 2000 points of this season win.