Aryna Sabalenka has become a player to keep close tabs on after the way she has made inroads in the WTA Tour. But is there anyone whom she does not want to face on the Tour? "Honestly, no. I do not care who is in front of me.
My job is to go out there, give myself some chances and show what I can do," said Sabalenka. She also spoke about her working relationship with new coach Dmitry Tursunov: "Dmitry started explaining to me some things and I understood that everything is how he exactly says.
We started looking at the best players, what they do on court. I realized that what says my coach is not ridiculous but I can use it i. My game. I started trusting him little by little and understanding that this person can bring me to reach my results.
What is the main suggestion he gave me in terms of motivation? I am not a person who needs to be motivated. I get motivated by myself. There are tactical things... It all starts with tennis and the rest is a consequence. I am more focused on the matchup, I feel I still have a lot to improve.
That's why I said that the top 10 is not the limit of my dreams. We've been working on a lot of things. Actually, we have done really hard work, especially on the pre-season. I work with my mental game because sometimes I get crazy on the court and I need to improve this part of my game.
Before I really didn't control the game. Now I understand the game, understand where I have to play when I need to hit the ball when I need to just stay in the point. It gives me confidence on the court."