Aryna Sabalenka continues to grow on the WTA tour, a lot of of big wins have been in doubles with titles at Indian Wells, Miami and US Open last year. The Belarusian has began to make more and more.
The 21 year old has six career singles titles, four of which were won since the beginning last year. Her season finished winning the WTA Elite Trophy which is ‘the best of the rest’ who didn’t make it to the WTA Finals but before that she did something only Venus, Serena, Vika and Maria had done and that was to defend a Premier 5 title which she did in Wuhan.
Wuhan was the last Premier 5 of 2019 and the first was Doha which Sabalenka won in straight sets on Saturday against Petra Kvitova to become just the fourth player after Wozniacki, Serena and Svitolina to win consecutive Premier 5 titles.
The week was set to shape up different for Aryna but a late withdrawal from Dubai champion Simona Halep pushed Sabalenka into her slot in the draw.
Her path to the final was full of talented, inform and experienced players as her path to her 6th singles title looked like this:
7-5 2-6 7-5 v Anett Kontaveit
6-3 6-0 v Maria Sakkari
3-6 7-6 6-3 v Saisai Zheng
6-4 6-3 v Svetlana Kuznetsova
6-3 6-3 v Petra Kvitova
It has been quite the journey for the 21 year old who was hit with tragedy in November last year as her dad and coach Sergey Sabalenka passed away. Aryna spoke about what he did for her and how he wanted her to be number one.
Most of her success in the majors has been in doubles making at least the quarter finals in all of the last four events but has never made it past the fourth round in singles winning just four matches in the last five events.
With some big wins this year over Halep and Kvitova in straight sets and just a more confident approach on the court I see the Belarusian going on to achieve a lot this year!
Aryna is coached by former Russian tennis player and seven times ATP singles champion Dmitry Tursunov. The two did split following the US Open and Aryna had some time to herself before they got back together.