12 Jan 2022 | 08:10 | TENNIS
Aryna Sabalenka, the Belarusian No. 2 female tennis player, experienced a disastrous match before the Australian Open 2022. Attending the Adelaide International 2 tournament taking place in Australia from January 10 to 15, the No. 1 seed came from Belarus. lost in the first round.
Won 7-5 in set 1, but in the next 2 sets “new queen” of Belarusian tennis competed like lost soul, she lost 1-6, 5-7 respectively, thereby saying goodbye prize.
Last week at the Adelaide International 1, Sabalenka also lost in the first match against Kaja Juvan (Russia) with a score of 6-7(8), 1-6). Two consecutive defeats in two events before the Australian Open 2022, this shows that the performance of the world No. 2 player is having problems.
Psychological instability affects skills. In the last match in the first round of Adelaide International 2, the beautiful tennis player had 21 double errors. She lost so much confidence that Sabalenka did not dare to throw the ball up to serve but made a serve that took the ball away from her hand.
“This is my technical problem, I can’t serve,” Sabalenka replied when referee Julie Kjendlie asked her if she was okay, after she made an unfamiliar serve.
Tennis beauty Jelena Dokic sympathizes with Sabalenka, she said on Channel Nine: “I see her going through a difficult feeling. She is trying to be herself but cannot perform normal techniques. She’s been through a lot of frustration, she’s been in tears, I’m really worried for her.”
Journalist Tumaini Carayol wrote on Twitter: “It’s alarming to see Aryna Sabalenka, world No. 2, having to use underarm serves because she simply can’t serve properly right now.” .
Tennis expert Mark Gottlieb described Sabalenka’s technical troubles as “astonishing”. He added: “One of the best players in the world (Sabalenka ranked 2nd in the world) has completely lost the ability to serve up to a week since the Adelaide International 1 event.”
Journalist Jose Morgado also expressed surprise: “Sabalenka doesn’t know how to serve. What is happening?”.
December 11th, 2021
December 11th, 2021