Sabalenka reveals what she thinks about the rivalry with Swiatek and Rybakina

The Belarusian and her two rivals were among the stars of the World Tennis League

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Sabalenka reveals what she thinks about the rivalry with Swiatek and Rybakina
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Among Aryna Sabalenka's rivals there are Iga Swiatek and Elena Rybakina. The Belarusian tennis player herself, one of the protagonists of the World Tennis League, talked about the Polish and the Kazakh in a press conference, revealing what she finds about her two rivals.

"I think we played really good tennis at a great level. It's really fantastic to have these matches ahead of the new season here at the World Tennis League. We played so many good matches against each other. It is important to play these matches before the official start of the season," said Sabalenka, as reported by Tennis Infinity.

The Belarusian, in the first two days of competition, defeated Swiatek with a score of 6-4 and Rybakina in a tie-break. The well-known tennis team exhibition event features matches in which only one set is played and alternates singles matches with doubles matches.

Sabalenka was part of the Kites Team together with Paula Badosa, Grigor Dimitrov and Stefanos Tsitsipas. However, the latter did not overcome the physical problems that forced him to withdraw from the Nitto ATP Finals and he was replaced by Lloyd Harris.

Aryna Sabalenka's 2023

Aryna Sabalenka did not end the season as she would have liked and at the WTA Finals she lost the first position in the world ranking to Iga Swiatek. However, the Belarusian can consider herself rather satisfied with the path undertaken in 2023 and look to the future with optimism.

Her main objective remains to acquire greater solidity in important moments of matches. Sabalenka didn't have any problems in the last edition of the Australian Open, when she won her first Slam, but she wasted numerous opportunities in the two semi-finals played at the Roland Garros and Wimbledon against Karolina Muchova and Ons Jabeur respectively.

We recall Sabalenka is the defending champion of the Australian Open and, at the 2024 Melbourbe Major edition, she will have to defend the point got in 2023, if she wants to run for the WTA No.1, a throne which now is of Iga Swiatek.