Aryna Sabalenka took a shot at the US Open crowd following her opening win in Australia, saying she would have probably won the 2023 US Open if she had a crowd like that behind her back.
On Wednesday, world No. 2 Sabalenka made a triumphant start to her 2024 season, beating Lucia Bronzetti 6-3 6-0 in the Brisbane second round. Throughout the match, Sabalenka was receiving notable support from the Brisbane crowd.
During the 2023 US Open - in which Sabalenka made the final before losing to Coco Gauff - the Belarusian evidently wasn't the happiest with how the crowd was supporting or treating her. After losing to Gauff in the final and receiving a cheer from the crowd during the trophy presentation, Sabalenka asked the crowd where was that support during the match.
"I’m super happy to be back in Brisbane, Australia. I really missed you so much in all the Slams. Guys, if I would have your support at the US Open, probably I would win that one. Can you come at the US Open next year?" Sabalenka said after her opening win in Brisbane.
Australia is a happy place for Sabalenka
Last year, Sabalenka went 11-0 in Australia as she captured back-to-back titles at the Adelaide International and Australian Open. After becoming a Grand Slam champion in Australia 12 months ago, Sabalenka extended her winning streak in Australia to 12 matches by beating Bronzetti.
Against Bronzetti, Sabalenka earned the first break of the match in the sixth game and then held on to her service for the remainder of the set to clinch the opener. After winning the first set, Sabalenka broke Bronzetti three times in the second set and didn't face any break points to reach the Brisbane round-of-16.
For a place in the Brisbane quarterfinal, Sabalenka will be battling world No. 33 Zhu Lin, who defeated Danielle Collins. Against Zhu, Sabalenka has three wins and zero losses.