Though Aryna Sabalenka’s coach and former ATP Professional Dmitry Tursunov can’t verbally communicate while the Belarusian plays, she feels it is not required as just a look can help. "We’ve worked together for such a long time that even just a look can help a lot," she said following her win over fellow Belarusian and former World No.1 Victoria Azarenka.
"I can understand what he’s thinking, and I usually know what he’s thinking during a match”. "I can sometimes just look at him and think, ‘I know, I know I did some...on the court," she further added.
Speaking about her practice sessions with the Russian, she added, “Every practice, I put so much into them that I was crazy, but I trust Dmitry and what we’ve been doing," she said on Tuesday. "Before San Jose and the last couple months, I thought I trusted him, but to be honest, I didn’t, and this was a big problem.
I’m happy that our relationship is getting better, and that’s why my tennis is getting better. He’s a great guy, and he knows how to help me play my best. The only thing is that I need to trust him. I feel like my tennis is getting better”.
When it came to her support staff, she said they know her very well. "They understand that it’s just my emotions. I don’t want to change them because they’re good and they know what to do. The biggest change I needed to make was with my mentality and to see things differently.
That’s what happened and hopefully I can stay with this strong head for the rest of my career”. "Of course, there’s still a lot of emotions going on with me on the court that I have to work on," she caveated with more laughter. "Still, a lot has improved, and I’m happy with that."