Belarusian World No. Aryna Svitolina, the unseeded Ukrainian, was defeated in straight sets by the World No. She attended her first press conference after the second round, where she expressed her views on the Ukrainian conflict and asked fans not to boo Elina Svitolina for refusing to shake hands.
Sabalenka said that she went to the nets to shake hands with Svitolina after the match, saying, “It was instinctive, like I do in all my matches.” She then added, “Respect her (Svitolina).” She does not deserve to be booed .”
In the semi-finals, Sabalenka faces the unseeded Czech Karolina Manyova. Sabalenka is the clear favorite in this match, given her experience and current form. Sabalenka will face the real challenge against World No. 1 Elena Rybakina , who has already pulled out of the tournament. If she manages to qualify, Sabalenka will face the Polish World No.
Aryna Sabalanka has her sights set on the World Number 1 ranking
The Belarusian World No. The Belarusian World No. If she wins one more round than the current World No. 1, Iga Swiatek. Sabalenka could become World No. Swiatek will fail one round prior to her if she fails the French Open. Tomorrow, the Polish star will face off against American Coco Guff for a quarterfinal.
Sabalenka, like Swiatek, has not lost a single set during the tournament. Both players will fight for the No. 1 ranking in the world if they meet each other in the finals. This is also true for the No. 1 ranking. It happened in the recent men’s singles match of the US Open, where Carlos Alcaraz vs Casper Ruud were the two best players in world. Alcaraz was the winner.
Sabalenka is the reigning Australian Open champ. She was able beat the Polish World No. They met in the finals at the Madrid Masters a month ago. She is a player that can be beaten on any surface. It will be fascinating to see how Muchova handles her in the semifinals.