Watch: Aryna Sabalenka goes full bug-rescuer mode during Brisbane match

Sabalenka made sure a bug wasn't harmed during her Brisbane match.

by Dzevad Mesic
Watch: Aryna Sabalenka goes full bug-rescuer mode during Brisbane match
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Aryna Sabalenka noticed a bug hovering around the baseline in Brisbane and the Belarusian tennis star personally made sure it wouldn't be harmed as she safely picked the bug up before taking it to the safe courtside. 

On Thursday, world No. 2 Sabalenka was playing against Zhu Lin in the Brisbane International round-of-16. As Sabalenka was preparing to serve for the first set at 5-1, she noticed a bug around the baseline. Sabalenka briefly stopped the play so she could safely remove the bug from the court. 

The Brisbane crowd loved it as they were cheering for Sabalenka during her act and gave the 25-year-old a nice round of applause for her kind gesture. 

Sabalenka safely removes a bug before beating Zhu in straight sets

In the Brisbane round-of-16, No. 1 seed Sabalenka was straight business as she destroyed 15th-seeded Zhu with a 6-1 6-0 scoreline.

Aryna Sabalenka
Aryna Sabalenka© Getty Images Sport - Chris Hyde

Interestingly, Zhu's lone won game of the match turned out to be the first game of the match, in which the Chinese broke Sabalenka. From that moment on, Sabalenka went on to win 12 games in a row and seal a very dominant win over Zhu. 

Now, Sabalenka is set to battle against No. 5 seed Daria Kasatkina for a place in the Brisbane semifinal. On Friday, 25-year-old Sabalenka and 26-year-old Kasatkina will be having their eighth meeting. 

Going into their Brisbane match, Sabalenka has five wins and two losses against Kasatkina. Their most recent meetings came last year as Sabalenka clinched straight-set wins over Kasatkina at the US Open and Cincinnati. 

Aryna Sabalenka and Daria Kasatkina
Aryna Sabalenka and Daria Kasatkina© Getty Images Sport - Cameron Spencer

Considering that Sabalenka has already had two bagel sets in Brisbane and that she has just lost four games en route to making the Brisbane quarterfinal, there is no doubt that she enters the Kasatkina match as the clear favorite. However, Sabalenka has lost to Kasatkina twice in the past and the Belarusian certainly won't be taking the Russian for granted in Brisbane.

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