Aryna Sabalenka gets real on dealing with 'negative people'

Sabalenka explains how she deals with people that bring negativity.

by Dzevad Mesic
Aryna Sabalenka gets real on dealing with 'negative people'
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Aryna Sabalenka says she has realized that negative people tend to be "the loudest" and that ignoring them is probably the best possible way of dealing with such people. 

Sabalenka, who turned 26 in early May, is widely regarded as one of the best players in women's tennis. But it is not only Sabalenka's tennis that is drawing attention as many consider the 26-year-old Belarusian a very charismatic player with an entertaining personality. 

While Sabalenka has a good reputation and is one of the fan favorites on the WTA Tour, even she has a group of people that don't like her very much. 

“I think it all comes with experience. Usually I would say negative people are the loudest ones, and I just try to ignore them," Sabalenka explained.

"I understand that it's impossible make the whole world love you. It's absolutely fine. I'm absolutely okay if someone doesn't like me. It's okay.

"I know that I have more people who support me than haters. I'm trying to shift my focus on positive thinking,"

Sabalenka had a warm moment with Paula Badosa after 'a tough match'

When Sabalenka took on Badosa in the French Open third round on Saturday, she was playing against her best friend. Early in the match, Sabalenka was 3-5 down and on the verge of losing the first set but then impressively won the next eight games to open a 7-5 4-0 lead before completing a 7-5 6-1 win. 

After the match, Sabalenka and Badosa shared a very strong hug at the net. 

Paula Badosa and Aryna Sabalenka
Paula Badosa and Aryna Sabalenka © Getty Images Sport - Clive Brunskill

"It's tough to play your best friend," Sabalenka admitted after beating Badosa. 

"She's an incredible player, coming back after injury, and I'm pretty sure she's going to be back on top very soon. It's very tough, but we're good to separate things. On court ... I'm trying not to watch the other side, just to focus on myself and bring my best game."

Sabalenka plays world No. 24 Emma Navarro next.

Aryna Sabalenka