All-Access Hour with Aryna Sabalenka
“Of course I want to be the No. 1”
Hardly any other player has started the season better than Aryna Sabalenka. At the Australian Open in Melbourne, she even won her first Grand Slam title. Now she would like to take home the winner’s Porsche Taycan Turbo S Sport Turismo from the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, where she was the runner-up in the past two years. She spoke about...
...her love of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix:
“I’m super happy to be back here. The Porsche Tennis Grand Prix is one of my favourite tournaments. I always enjoy playing in the Porsche Arena. Especially because I have been really successful here. Hopefully I can do a little bit better this year and win the title.”
...the shape she is in:
“I got a little injury in Miami. I then had a few days off so I had time to do some recovery work with my physio, and just a little rest.”
...the conditions in Stuttgart that suit her well:
“The courts here were always a little faster than other clay courts on the tour. I really enjoy playing on clay. This year the organisers have changed the surface a little bit. And it’s a bit slower. I just hope I can do well. I’ve been practicing here a couple of days and I felt comfortable on the court. We’ll see by the end of the week if it’s good or not.”
...the French Open in Paris where she is yet to make it into the second week:
“I really enjoy playing the clay court season. In the past I had some good results on the surface – just not yet in Paris. I really want to be in the second week of the French Open. And I’d like to do well too here in Stuttgart.”
...the gap to Iga Swiatek in the world rankings:
“Of course, I want to be No. 1. But I prefer not focussing on points for the world rankings. Instead I prefer to focus on my game and make sure that I improve myself every day. The results will then come.”
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