World No 2 Aryna Sabalenka says she will be "happy" with whatever location the WTA picks for the WTA Finals, even if it's Saudi Arabia. After Saudi Arabia gained the rights to host the Next Gen ATP Finals, there are strong rumors that The Kingdom will also be hosting the WTA Finals.
At the WTA Finals, 25-year-old Sabalenka has played twice and last year she made the final at the event before losing to Caroline Garcia. "Well, first of all, from what I know, nothing has been confirmed. I always love playing in the WTA Finals.
This year I want to do a little bit better than last year. But right now my focus is here, the US Open. So I'm trying to stay focused at the US Open. Whatever decision they're going to make, I'm happy to go - how to say - wherever (smiling)," Sabalenka said.
Sabalenka aims a strong US Open run
For now, Sabalenka's focus is going to be on the US Open, where she will try to win her second Grand Slam title. At this year's US Open, Sabalenka will be making her sixth main draw appearance.
In the last two years, Sabalenka picked up back-to-back semifinal exits at the US Open. But this year, Sabalenka feels as good as ever and the Belarusian is hoping this is the year she wins her first US Open title. "Yeah, I feel really strong physically and mentally probably because of amount of matches I play this year, even stronger than before.
Yeah, it should be a good balance between playing matches, between preparation, and the recovery. I have my physio and I have my team. They doing well in managing this amount of practicing and the recovery. So physically, mentally I feel ready.
I feel motivated. I feel strong," Sabalenka said. In the US Open first round, Sabalenka will be clashing Maryna Zanevska.