Sabalenka Shakes Off Miami Upset And Silences Critics

Sabalenka Shakes Off Miami Upset And Silences Critics

by Evita Mueller

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Aryna Sabalenka has dismissed social media reaction to her loss at the Miami Open opting to focus on herself and her abilities with the clay season looming.

The loss to Cirstea was a surprising one and certainly not something Sabalenka planned but she was beaten by a player who simply played a better match. She isn't overreacting to the loss but the same can't be said for many on social media. She confirmed in the post-match press conference that it's not something she thinks about.

Yeah, I think the key would be just to focus on myself, don't think about social media, don't think about the people, expectations. Just focus on myself. Just do my thing, and I believe that if I'm going to play the same level or even better, wins will come. I just have to keep working hard, yeah, keep moving forward.

The Belarussian remained in high spirits after a tricky week in Miami that featured an injury scare as well as the now surprising loss. She smiled a lot during the post-match press conference stating that she'll keep working.

There was some tough lessons in the first part of the season. I'll just learn (smiling), reset, and start working again from the beginning. Yeah, do my best to make sure I bring my best tennis on the clay court season.

A lot went wrong with Sabalenka in the match with Cirstea but she singled out control of the ball as a major one. The conditions in general kind of bothered her but she couldn't control the ball very well committing six double faults in the process as well.

Yeah, it definitely wasn't my best match. I was struggling a lot with the conditions, like heat. I felt like balls were flying too much and I couldn't find control, controlling the ball. Yeah, was just trying to do my best till the last point. I just couldn't adjust to these conditions unfortunately. Next time I'll try better.


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