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Aryna Sabalenka highlights the reason behind the Madrid Open final defeat to Iga Swiatek
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Aryna Sabalenka highlights the reason behind the Madrid Open final defeat to Iga Swiatek

World number two Aryna Sabalenka believes it is not about which player is better on a particular court, as she spoke about her recent defeat in the final of the Madrid Open. The 26-year-old suffered a heartbreaking defeat to current world number one Iga Swiatek in the final of the recently concluded WTA 1000 event in the Spanish capital with a scoreline of 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 .

Speaking about the match, the two-time Grand Slam winner admitted that every player likes to play on a certain type of court but believes it is not just about which court you play on.

She stated that more often than not what matters is what you do when there is an important point to be won, something that also became clear during the final of the Madrid Open, where Swiatek was simply better at crucial moments.

“Well, I mean, obviously Iga (Swiatek) is much better on clay than me, for example. I would say Elena (Rybakina) is better on grass. I might be a little bit better on hard court,” she said.

“At the same time, I can’t say it’s all about the surface. I mean, as time shows, I can beat them on clay, on hard ground, on grass. It’s not about the surface, I would say. It’s for honesty in each match a few key moments where she probably played better.

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Aryna Sabalenka suffered a defeat against Poland’s Iga Swiatek in the final of the Madrid Open.

“For example, in the last match with Iga (Swiatek), I wouldn’t say I did anything wrong in those important points. I just did the right thing, but she did a little bit better. It’s just about little things.”

“It’s not about the surface. It’s a process. You learn from the small mistakes you made during the match, then you work on them and try better next time. They’re just small improvements, a small one every day percentage better. Hope for a better result.”

3 – In the past 40 years, only Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert have faced each other more times (4 times) as world No. 1 and No. 2 on clay than Iga Swiatek and Aryna Sabalenka (3, in the Madrid Open final). Rendezvous.

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