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‘Speechless’ Sabalenka Praises Confidence And Emotional Control After Defending Australian Open Crown

Aryna Sabalenka admitted she is ‘speechless’ after claiming a second consecutive Australian Open title.

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Aryna Sabalenka praised her emotional control and confidence after claiming a second consecutive Australian Open title.

The world number two successfully defended her Australian Open title with a 6-3 6-2 win over 12th seed Qinwen Zheng.

Sabalenka was aggressive and proactive as she claimed her second Grand Slam title of her career.

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After the match Sabalenka admitted she was ‘speechless’ and said she was pleased with the performance, “Yeah, I’m speechless right now. I don’t know how to describe my emotions,” Sabalenka explained in her press conference.

“But definitely I’m super, super happy and proud of everything I was able to achieve so far. Yeah, just happy with the level I played today. She’s a great player and very tough opponent. I’m super happy that I was able to get this win today.”

An incredible achievement for Sabalenka to successfully defend the title especially given the fact that she didn’t drop a set all tournament.

Some players can drop their level after winning a maiden Grand Slam title as they have achieved their dream in the sport.

However Sabalenka admitted that she didn’t want to be known as someone who just won one Grand Slam title and was determined to prove her versatility and consistency, “Yeah, actually it’s been in my mind that I didn’t want to be that player who win it and then disappeared,” Sabalenka explained.

“I just wanted to show that I’m able to be consistently there and I’m able to win another one. I really hope that more, more than two right now, but for me was really important. That’s why, no matter what the result, like, win or lose, we are always working hard, we always looking for things to improve in my game.

“Yeah, it’s all about the process and make sure that, about the discipline, make sure that you’re always there, you always show up, and you always work hard.”

Sabalenka’s discipline and hard work has paid off as she will now look to win Grand Slams on other surfaces.

That’s a goal that Sabalenka has her sights firmly fixed on as she looks to add more titles to her collection, “Well, I think last year I proved that I can play on each surface. I think those two semifinals I get super emotional,” Sabalenka reflected.

“I lost, not like my matches. I played against incredible players, and they just played unbelievable level, but I felt like I got super emotional and I just let that semis go away. But I definitely think that if I’m going to keep working like I’m working right now, and if we’re going to keep building what we are building right now, I’m definitely able to do the same on the clay and on the grass.

“So then I’ll just keep working hard and hopefully this year I’ll achieve the same goal on the clay or on the grass.”

The world number two will aim to keep her emotions in check as that’s what secured her the Australian Open title.

The two-time Grand Slam champion reflected on keeping her emotions in check and how confidence was a key factor in winning the title in Melbourne, “I would say that it was a little bit different. I think I wasn’t that emotional on court, but before the match, it was the same. You know, like you still are waiting for it, you can’t wait to start. You’re super excited,” Sabalenka said when comparing the fortnight to previous Grand Slam experiences.

“It’s still emotional off the court, but as soon as I step in on the court, I felt like, okay, I think I’m in control, and I think I’m, how to say, emotionally ready for it. So compared to last year, it’s completely different me. Compared to the US Open, once again, it’s a different me.

“As I said, I’m more controlled and kind of like don’t let the rest of the things come to my mind, and I was focusing on myself. So I think it’s a big difference.

“I think it’s very important to be open. I feel like I really want to be connected with my fans and make sure that they know my story and probably my story will inspire someone else and will help someone else.

“Now having two Grand Slam titles, it’s definitely give me more confidence and believe in myself. I just have this knowing that all my life it wasn’t, like, wasting of time and I was doing the right thing. I’m where I’m meant to be, so that’s really important.”

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Daria Kasatkina And Alejandro Davidovich Fokina Lead Calls For VAR In Tennis

There have been calls for VAR to be introduced into the sport.

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Daria Kasatkina and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina have called for VAR to be implemented in tennis.

The calls have came after Andrey Rublev was disqualified from his semi-final with Alexander Bublik in Dubai.

As Bublik lead 6-5 in the final set, Rublev shouted in the face of an umpire allegedly swearing in Russian which was picked up by one of the officials.

This saw Rublev be disqualified from the event with Bublik reaching the final in Dubai.

However as a result of the incident players have called for a VAR review system with the video showing inconclusive proof of whether Rublev did swear in Russian.

Leading the calls for such innovation are Daria Kasatkina and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina as the duo called for VAR to be introduced on twitter, “So you can just disqualify a player, take away all his points and money, without even checking the video? What a joke, yet another confirmation that we need VAR in tennis and an electronic appeal system in all tournaments,” Kasatkina said on social media.

VAR has been implemented in football and also a similar system in rugby with mixed results.

It’s clear though that more technology would help umpires identify whether a grounds for disqualification would be necessary.

So far VAR has been trialled at the Next Gen Finals and the Nitto ATP Finals.

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Casper Ruud Overcomes ‘Tough Start’ To Set De Minaur Final In Acapulco

Casper Ruud is into his first ATP 500 final after defeating Holger Rune in three sets.

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Casper Ruud is into his second consecutive final in Mexico after defeating Holger Rune 3-6 6-3 6-4 in Acapulco.

The Norwegian had to overcome an electric start from Rune to prevail in 2 hours and 24 minutes.

It was a clinical performance from Ruud who is now into his second consecutive final in Mexico after reaching the final in Los Cabos last week.

Speaking after the match Ruud admitted it was a tough start but he’s pleased to be in another final, “It was a tough start,” Ruud told the ATP website.

“Holger just came out firing bullets from the forehand, from the backhand and I had not too much time to play my game. I was frustrated at times, especially at the end of the first set, beginning of the second.

“I didn’t really feel like I got to play any points how I wanted to, so there was some frustration towards myself, towards my box, because I didn’t feel like we were doing the right thing.

“But luckily with one break in the second, it turned around a bit and in the third set it got a little physical. I think maybe Holger seemed like he was struggling a little bit and started firing even more and a couple of games it went in and he broke me, which is frustrating.

“Some unforced errors crept up on him and I served really well in the last game to close it out.”

Ruud is now into his first ATP 500 final in Acapulco where he will face defending champion Alex De Minaur.

De Minaur overcame Jack Draper after the Brit retired at 4-0 down in the deciding set.

Heading into Saturday’s final, De Minaur leads the head-to-head 1-0 although that was in a completely different scoring format in the Next Gen Finals.

Whatever happens on Saturday, Ruud will return to the world’s top ten.

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Andrey Rublev Disqualified In Dramatic Dubai Semi-Final

Andrey Rublev was disqualified from his semi-final in Dubai.

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Andrey Rublev was disqualified from his semi-final with Alexander Bublik after being accused of swearing in Russian.

The event took place in Dubai where Rublev had more than enough opportunities to win the match having been 4-2 40-0 up in the deciding set.

However Bublik came back into the match as he caught up with Rublev in what was turning into a fascinating contest.

The score was at 6-5 Bublik when Rublev’s frustrations boiled over when he allegedly told the official at the side of the court that he was a ‘f****** moron’ in Russian.

One of the officials on the sidelines at the side of the court reported the incident and the supervisor ruled that Rublev should be defaulted.

The incident below means that Rublev will now lose all his ranking points and prize money, resulting in Rublev exiting the world’s top five.

An ending that didn’t warrant the dramatic contest and after the match Bublik agreed that the consequences, “I highly doubt Andrey said something crazy,” Bublik was quoted by Sports Illustrated.

“He’s not this kind of guy. But I guess that’s the rules. That’s what they did, they just follow the procedure.”

Bublik will hope for a smoother finish to the final when he takes on Ugo Humbert for the title.

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