Sabalenka's touching words on her father's death: "It's hard to lose a loved one"

The Belarusian tennis player talked about the passing of her father Sergey, a topic also touched on in an episode of Netflix Break Point

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Sabalenka's touching words on her father's death: "It's hard to lose a loved one"
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Aryna Sabalenka reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open 2024. The defending champion defeated Amanda Anisimova in two sets and she achieved her eleventh consecutive success in Melbourne. The last to get this milestone was Serena Williams in 2017.

Thinking about the first Slam won in 2023 in Australia, Sabalenka explained at the press conference: "I'm really happy with the level expressed today and super happy to have passed this round. She is a very tough opponent: we have always played hard-fought matches against each other. another.

I feel stronger than last year and I hope I can continue like this. I thought I would feel different after winning a Major, but that's not true. I still feel the same way. You always have to try to play your best tennis and fight to win. I feel exactly the same."

The Belarusian player will find Barbora Krejcikova on the other side of the net in the quarterfinals.

"We have played each other many times. She plays really well and has come back super motivated after her injuries. It will be a great battle," she told.

Aryna Sabalenka shares touching words about her father's death

Sabalenka told part of her story through the TV series Break Point produced by Netflix. One of the topics addressed concerns the disappearance of father Sergey.

"I feel connected and connected to my fans. I simply wanted to open up to them. I believe that my story can motivate people and help them find a way out of difficult situations. It's hard to lose a loved one, especially a father. You have to find the motivation to move forward in life," Sabalenka told the press conference.

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About the win over Amanda Anisimova, Sabalenka added: "I love playing in front of you. That's why I'm getting stronger because I like the atmosphere so much and I really want to stay here as long as possible, until the last day and hopefully. Thank you very much for the atmosphere. We can do it one more time. "Amanda is a tough opponent and I'm super happy to see her on tour again. I'm pretty sure she'll be back on top very soon. I wish her all the best."