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WTA Finals, Grand Slam semi-finalist, Warrior Princess, Belarus: Everything you always wanted to know about Aryna Sabalenka – updated with 2022 WTA Finals

Aryna Sabalenka is one of the biggest names on the WTA Tour. Here are answers to some common questions you may have about the Belarussian

Aryna Sabalenka at Wimbledon in 2021 Aryna Sabalenka at Wimbledon in 2021 ©

Why is Aryna Sabalenka in the news?

Aryna Sabalenka reached the biggest final of her career at the 2022 WTA Finals in Fort Worth, Texas. The powerful Belarussian qualified for the semi-finals, in second place in her round-robin group, and went on to beat world No 1 Iga Swiatek in three sets in the semi-finals for one of her biggest wins of her career.

Who is Aryna Sabalenka?

Aryna Sabalenka is a professional tennis player from Belarus. She was born on May 5, 1998 and is currently 24 years old (as of November 2022). She’s won 10 singles titles worldwide and been ranked a career-high No 2.

What is Sabalenka’s stance on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine?

We don’t know. The Belarussian has not posted anything on social media or made any statements since Russia began its invasion of Ukraine.

Can Sabalenka continue to play on the WTA Tour and at Grand Slams?

As it stands, Aryna Sabalenka is allowed to continue playing on the WTA Tour and the Grand Slam events, except for the tournaments in United Kingdom, including Wimbledon.

The All England Club and Lawn Tennis Association announced in April that Russian and Belarusian players would not be permitted to compete in any tournaments in the United Kingdom based on the directional guidance provided by the UK government for sporting events.

Sabalenka and other Russian/Belarusian players are not allowed to compete under their national flag on the Tour and other Grand Slams. Russia and Belarus are also be banned from team competitions, including Davis Cup, until further notice.

What is her best Grand Slam performance?

Sabalenka reached her first Grand Slam semi-final at Wimbledon in 2021, going down to Karolina Pliskova. Prior to this, she had never been beyond the fourth round of a Grand Slam event in singles. She also reached the semi-finals of the US Open in 2021 where she was beaten by Leylah Fernandez.

In 2022, the Belarussian reached her third Grand Slam semi-final – at the US Open where she was defeated by Swiatek in three sets.

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 Sabalenka’s best ranking?

Her career-high ranking is No 2, a mark she reached for the first time on August 23, 2021. Her current ranking and rankings history can be seen on her WTA Tour profile page.

How much prize money has she won?

As of November 8, 2022, Sabalenka has won $12.1 million in prize money, in singles and doubles combined.

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, she likes pancakes, dogs and reading. Sabalenka’s favourite book is the Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas.

Is Aryna Sabalenka active on social media?

The Belarusian has more than 50,500 followers on her Twitter feed, where she mostly posts training posts but occasionally the odd more fun offering.

She also has over 54, 000 followers on Facebook but is most active on Instagram, where she has more than 380,000 followers.

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