Wimbledon semi-finalist, Warrior Princess, Belarus: 10 questions about Aryna Sabalenka

Ranked a career-high No 2 in the world, Aryna Sabalenka is one of the favourites for the US Open. Here are responses to some common questions you may have about the Belarussian

23 August 2021
Aryna Sabalenka at Wimbledon in 2021

Who is Aryna Sabalenka?

Aryna Sabalenka is a professional tennis player from Belarus. She was born on May 5, 1998 and is currently 23 years old.

What is Aryna Sabalenka’s best Grand Slam performance?

Sabalenka reached her first Grand Slam semi-final at Wimbledon in 2021. Prior to this, she had never been beyond the fourth round of a Grand Slam event in singles.

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 10 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.

Aryna Sabalenka
Aryna Sabalenka

Sabalenka also won the Mutua Madrid Open in 2021. She had earlier won the prestigious WTA Wuhan Open two times 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 February 2021, she reached the top ranking for doubles, having played most of her doubles events in 2020 with Belgian Elise Mertens. Sabalenka has won six doubles titles in her career.

After winning the 2021 Australian Open doubles title with Mertens (their second Grand Slam title as a team), the pair announced that they would not play together at the rest of the Slams as Sabalenka wanted to focus on singles.

Aryna Sabalenka et Élise Mertens - US Open 2019

What is Aryna Sabalenka’s best ranking?

Her career-high ranking is No 2, a mark she reached on August 23, 2021.

Who is her 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. She 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?

The Belarusian has more than 24,000 followers on her Twitter feed, where she mostly posts training posts but occasionally the odd more fun offering.

Sabalenka has over 14,700 followers on Facebook but is most active on Instagram, where she has more than 259,000 followers.

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