“I gave it all” – Sabalenka reveals her feelings after saving 3 MPs against Svitolina in Rome

Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus overcame Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7) in a dramatic late-night match on Monday to go to the Italian Open final eight in Rome.

Sabalenka Happy After The Win

In an exciting late-night battle, Aryna Sabalenka defeated Elina Svitolina 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7) to go to the Italian Open last eight in Rome on Monday. Sabalenka saved three match points during the match.

After trailing 5-3 in the third set, Svitolina rallied to take three match points—two at 6-5 and one in the tiebreak, when Sabalenka used her nerve to win on her second match point.

Sabalenka expressed her feelings after saving three match points and said: “I gave it all today. I couldn’t give up. I couldn’t leave the court. I felt like if my body allows me to play even 15% of my best tennis, I’m going to stay there; I’m going to fight.”

She further said: “I just want to say, Roma, you’re in my heart forever. This kind of support was incredible. It was a great battle. Somehow, I managed my body and was able to win this match. I’m super happy with this win. Hopefully, I can recover for the next match. Hopefully, I’ll be ready to play another match here in Rome.”

Sabalenka in Rome, ranking, and results in 2024

Aryna Sabalenka

25 - 7win/loss

26 year old
2024 Highlights

Ranked world no.2, Sabalenka achieved a compiled 23-6 win-loss record in 2024. Sabalenka is now having a run in Rome where she toppled the world no.109 Katie Volynets 4-6 6-3 6-2, the world no.33 Dayana Yastremska 6-4 6-2 and the world no.19 Elina Svitolina 4-6 6-1 7-67.

Aryna Sabalenka will come up against the world no.10 Jelena Ostapenko in the quarter. Their record is 2-0 for Sabalenka.

Aryna has won 1 title in 2024 at the Australian Open. Aryna was the runner-up in Brisbane (Brisbane International) and in Madrid (Mutua Madrid Open).

The Belarussian won 14 titles in her career: 10 on hard courts, 2 on clay courts and 2 on indoor courts. (See the list of her titles)

Sabalenka's Record

Elina Svitolina in 2024

Elina Svitolina

15 - 10win/loss

29 year old
2024 Highlights

At the moment ranked no.19, the Ukrainian played her last match on the 13th of May when she lost to world no.2 Aryna Sabalenka 4-6 6-1 7-6(7) in the 4th round in Rome (draw).

During this season the Ukrainian has a composed 14-9 match record. Elina Svitolina’s best achievement of this season was getting to the final in Auckland.

Svitolina's Record

Aryna Sabalenka and Elina Svitolina squared off 4 times. Their current head to head is 3-1 for Sabalenka. Before, the last time they played each other, Aryna Sabalenka won 4-6 6-1 7-6(7) in the 4th round in Rome (Internazionali BNL d’Italia) on the 13th of May 2024.

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