Aryna Sabalenka led WTA Tour in this impressive category in 2023

Sabalenka's big game landed her major success this year.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Aryna Sabalenka led WTA Tour in this impressive category in 2023
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Aryna Sabalenka led the WTA Tour in winners hit as the Belarusian finished the 2023 season with a total of 1,922 winners, via OptaAce. Sabalenka, 25, enjoyed the best year of her career this season. Throughout the entire year, Sabalenka was playing with confidence in her game and going for her shots.

As a result, Sabalenka finished with the most winners as the 2023 Australian Open champion had 90 more winners than Jelena Ostapenko, who is second on the list with 1,832 winners hit this year. Caroline Garcia, Elena Rybakina, and Liudmila Samsonova also finished in the top-5 in the most winners hit category.

Sabalenka's game landed her major success in 2023

After struggling with confidence and game throughout 2022, Sabalenka looked like a completely different player when she kicked off her 2023 season in Adelaide.

After winning Adelaide, Sabalenka also accomplished her dream of becoming a Grand Slam champion at the Australian Open. In Australia, Sabalenka was playing very confidently, aggressively, and she was the one controlling the rhythm and matches.

In the Australian Open final - which was Sabalenka's first Grand Slam final - the Belarusian was also going for her shots against Rybakina. In the end, Sabalenka hit 51 winners and had 28 unforced errors in a 4-6 6-3 6-4 win over Rybakina.

"Well, that's a good stats, 25 unforced errors and 51 winners. It's one more winners, more winners than unforced errors. After the first set, I mean, I was just nervous in the first set. I just tell myself that I just have to keep going, like keep trying, keep fighting, and I will have my opportunity to come back in this match," Sabalenka said after the final.

After the Australian Open, Sabalenka achieved more success as she also won won a WTA 1000 in Madrid and became the world No 1 for the first time in her career after the US Open.

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