Aryna Sabalenka reveals lessons learned from ‘completely different fight’ in 2022

Aryna Sabalenka is hoping that the lessons learned in 2022 will shape her into a much stronger individual in 2023.

Sabalenka, 24, explains this year she found herself in a “completely different fight” as fighting against herself helped her learn about herself. 

Sabalenka, who started this season with back-to-back losses, made the Australian Open round-of-16 but she wasn’t convincing. 

After a slow start to the year, Sabalenka ended runner-up in Stuttgart and ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

Also, Sabalenka was a semifinalist at the US Open and the WTA 1000 events in Rome and Cincinnati. 

“This year I was fighting with myself, which is a completely different fight, and I learned a lot about myself. I think this season started as the worst season, but at the end, I think it was the best season for me because I learned a lot, and I became even stronger, and mentally stronger. I don’t know what else can happen, what can really put me under stress, you know? Of course, after you say that, something is going to happen,” Sabalenka explained, per the WTA website. 

Sabalenka on making the WTA Finals

By reaching back-to-back semifinals at the US Open and Cincinnati, Sabalenka rapidly improved her chances of making the WTA Finals. 

In the end, Sabalenka managed to grab one of the final spots for the WTA Finals.

As a result, Sabalenka will be making her second WTA Finals appearance this year.

“I feel super happy to be here, especially after such a challenging year. I feel like it’s a miracle for me to be here, and I’m just enjoying every second. Being in the Top 10 even with such a tough year, this is something incredible. I’m really proud of myself, how I handled all of these challenges. I’m proud of my team that they were there and they just support me,” Sabalenka said. 

In the group stage, Sabalenka will be going up against Ons Jabeur, Jessica Pegula, and Maria Sakkari.