Aryna Sabalenka rips the WTA Finals training courts

The women year-end Master will be played at the Plaza Quintana Roo in Cancun, Mexico, from October 29 to November 5

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Aryna Sabalenka rips the WTA Finals training courts
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Aryna Sabalenka has joined those who have expressed their displeasure with the facilities at the 2023 edition of the WTA Finals, particularly the training grounds. The tournament will be played at the Plaza Quintana Roo in Cancun, Mexico, from October 29 to November 5.

Iga Swiatek, Coco Gauff, Elena Rybakina and Aryna Sabalenka arrived in Cancun, and the number 1 in the WTA ranking expressed her opinion regarding the state of the facilities. Sabalenka's coach, Anton Dubrov, revealed that there were only two courts available to the players until the day before the start of the tournament.

"2 practice fields until Saturday 1 stringer on site," he posted on his Instagram story. Aryna Sabalenka reshared Dubrov's post and shared her disbelief at the conditions.

The fight for the WTA world no.1

The Belarusian has overtaken the Pole Iga Swiatek in the WTA ranking and has become the new number one in the world.

Then at the US Open you won over Coco Gauff and, in the women's tournament, you broke the balance upwards, with several very young and very high quality players. Former tennis player Alex Corretja recently gave an interview to Eurosport and spoke in particular about the duopoly at the top featuring Iga Swiatek and Aryna Sabalenka.

"Sabalenka? I think it's normal to have a bit of relief and experience a moment of stalemate where you've become number one. You spend a long time dreaming, thinking and working exclusively to become number one and once you have become number one you try to understand what is happening.

It's obvious then that expectations change and you try to understand what's happening. The important thing is to have continuity throughout the year, and you have to understand that in this sport you lose 85% of the time in a year, maybe you win four tourn,.

Iga Swiatek is a real fighter, it doesn't matter whether she is number one or number two in the world. She always wants to improve, try new things and has a playing style that is open to change. I believe that she will be one of the protagonists not only of this season finale or the end of the year but of the next ten years," said Corretja.

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