Aryna Sabalenka, a powerful and attractive tennis player from Belarus, won her first Grand Slam this year at the age of 24 after conquering the Australian Open. According to Eurosport, Aryna expressed sympathy for young people who win their first Grand Slam, such as Emma Raducanu, and claimed that if she had won her first Grand Slam at a very early age, she would have had to fight for years.
“I’m really happy to have won my first grand Slam at this age. Because I felt like I was 18 to win the grand slam so I would have been fighting for years. I kind of get it, yes it happened and it was the my dream,” said Sabalenka.
“It was a fantastic moment, but it’s time to move on. It’s another tournament. It wasn’t the only goal. That’s why, for me, it wasn’t easy, but I understood that no matter what, I have to move on, keep fighting and keep showing my best tennis if I want to keep winning. So for me, it wasn’t that difficult.”
Sabalenka in Indian Wells, ranking, and results in 2023
Now the world no.2 (career-high), the Belarussian has achieved a 16-1 record in 2023. Sabalenka is currently having a run in Indian Wells where she toppled the world no.427 Evgeniya Rodina 6-2 6-0, the world no.95 Lesya Tsurenko w/o, the world no.16 Barbora Krejcikova 6-3 2-6 6-4 and the world no.6 Cori Gauff 6-4 6-0.
Aryna Sabalenka will play the world no.7 Maria Sakkari in the semifinal on Friday at 3:00 pm on STADIUM 1. Their current record is 4-3 for Sabalenka.
Sabalenka has won 2 titles in 2023 in Adelaide and Australian Open.
Aryna won 12 titles in her career: 9 on hard courts, 1 on clay courts and 2 on indoor courts. (See the list of her titles)
Sabalenka will compete next in Miami (Miami Open). She will start the tournament from the main draw that will commence on the 21st of March.
Emma Raducanu in 2023
Now the world no.77, the Brit played her last match on the 14th of March when she capitulated to world no.1 Iga Swiatek 6-3 6-1 in the 4th round in Indian Wells (draw).
Currently, during this year the Brit has managed to achieve a compiled 5-3 win-loss record.
Raducanu is expected to play next in Miami (Miami Open). She is currently an alternate. The main draw will start on the 21st of March.
Aryna Sabalenka and Emma Raducanu have never squared off.