World No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka felt that putting too much expectation on herself didn’t do any favors ito her n the US Open semifinal.
Sabalenka, seeded at No. 2, suffered a surprise to world No. 73 Leylah Fernandez as the Canadian won 7-6 (3) 4-6 6-4 to reach her maiden Grand Slam final.
“I’ll still need some time to think about this,” Sabalenka said, when asked what she would learn from the defeat.
“The simple things that if you have opportunity, just go for it, don’t overthink. This is easy to say. When you’re on the court, you starting thinking a lot.
“As far you go in the draw, more expectation you have. This is something that actually I’m struggling with because in the beginning of the tournament I was out of the shape honestly. I wasn’t playing well on the tournament before. I wasn’t playing well on the practice. I was, like, getting crazy on the practice.
“Going into the first match, I didn’t have any expectations. I was playing simple because when you’re, like, not in the best shape and you’re trying to make it close to the lines, it’s not working. You play simple with more targets.”
Sabalenka tried to do too much and it cost her the win
“Maybe today I should do the same and see what happen,” Sabalenka added. “This was my mistakes. Because of the expectations and all this pressure and everything, I was trying to maybe make her move, I was going for closer to the lines. The mistakes was like this sometimes in important moments. Maybe sometimes I have to go back and start from the simple game, then if I feel I can go for bigger shots…
“Yeah, this is what I have to learn from this match I would say.”
Sabalenka has now lost back-to-back Grand Slam semifinal as at Wimbledon she was beaten by Karolina Pliskova.