World No.10 Aryna Sabalenka entered the third round Volvo Car Open campaign with a three-set victory over Kateryna Kozlova. Sabalenka fought back from a set and a break down to move into the Second Round. “I don't really feel pressure on the clay court, because I just really want to improve my game on the clay court because it's completely different with grass and the hard court," Sabalenka told reporters.
"So I'm just trying to improve my game here, so no pressure." She further feels that she can deliver some damage on clay as well, "I actually feel [I can do well], because I'm moving okay on the clay court, like much better than last year," Sabalenka said.
"I just need to adjust for the long rallies, because on the hard court you can finish the point with two or three balls and on the clay court, it's like twice or three times longer. I just need to keep in my mind that you need to stay in the rally, so I don't need to rush on the clay court."
Speaking about her loss at the Dubai Open at the hands of Belinda Bencic where she had some match points, she said, "The super bad reaction is after I lost to Bencic because I had six match points," Sabalenka said.
"It was really hard. I cried like crazy after the match. "But you can’t change anything. You have to learn the lesson. You don’t need to rush, you don’t need to try and kill the ball from the first point.
Just stay in the rally and just try your best. Don’t rush, because the pressure is on your opponent, not yourself”. "I thought I learned it, but after Kerber, something to learn again."