10 questions about Aryna Sabalenka: Warrior Princess, Belarus, Count of Monte Cristo

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With three straight titles to her name, Aryna Sabalenka seems headed for big things in 2021. Here are 10 things you might like to know about the Belarussian

How old is Aryna Sabalenka?

Aryna Sabalenka was born on May 5, 1998. She will turn 23 in 2021.

What nationality is Aryna Sabalenka?

Aryna Sabalenka is Belarussian. She was born in the country’s capital, Minsk.

How many titles has Sabalenka won?

Aryna Sabalenka has won eight singles titles on the WTA Tour, including three in a row, two at the end of 2020 and the first one of the new year in Abu Dhabi. “Nobody likes to lose!”, she said, after her win in Abu Dhabi. She has also won the prestigious event in Wuhan twice in a row, in 2018 and 2019. The event was not played in 2020.

What about in doubles?

Aryna Sabalenka excels in both main forms of the game. In October, 2019, she was ranked No 2 in doubles and is currently the world No 5. She played most of her doubles events in 2020 with Belgian Elise Mertens.

Aryna Sabalenka et Élise Mertens - US Open 2019

What is Aryna Sabalenka’s best Grand Slam performance?

Sabalenka reached the last 16 in just her third Grand Slam event, at the US Open in 2018, but has not bettered it since, struggling to replicate her WTA Tour form on the biggest stages.

What is Aryna Sabalenka’s best ranking?

Aryna Sabalenka’s career-high ranking is No 9, a mark she reached in February, 2019. But her win in Abu Dhabi means she will reach a new career-high of No 7 when the rankings are updated on Jan 18.

Who is Aryna Sabalenka’s coach?

Sabalenka is now working with Anton Dubrov, her former hitting partner, after a trial in 2020 with Dieter Kindlmann, the former coach of Angelique Kerber, failed to work out. Sabalenka previously worked with former Russian player Dmitry Tursunov.

Does Aryna Sabalenka have a nickname?

Yes. The Warrior Princess, named, perhaps for her fearless, powerful game. And it seems she likes it.

What are her hobbies?

According to her profile on the WTA website, Sabalenka likes pancakes, dogs and reading. Her favourite book is the Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas.

Is Aryna Sabalenka active on social media?

Aryna Sabalenka has more than 115,000 followers on her Twitter feed, where she mostly posts training posts but occasionally the odd more fun offering.

Sabalenka has only 3,500 followers on Facebook but is most active on Instagram, where he has more than 167,000 followers.

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