'Feel Disrespected By WTA': Sabalenka Enraged Over WTA Finals Fiasco

'Feel Disrespected By WTA': Sabalenka Enraged Over WTA Finals Fiasco

by Evita Mueller

Aryna Sabalenka put the WTA on blast after her WTA Finals match against Maria Sakkari, sharing her disappointment with the organization.

This has not been a very good year for the WTA leadership, as they were blasted multiple times by different players. Most of that criticism had to do with organizing stuff because whether it was schedules or events, it just seemed very chaotic.

The WTA Finals venue wasn't known for months, being only confirmed recently. The organization of the event itself has been a disaster so far, with the venue not being built before the players arrived.

They only got one practice on the match court before the event kicked off, and Sabalenka just had enough, and she's not the only one.

She blasted the WTA in the press conference and then also in a story on Instagram after the match, which she won in dominant fashion 6-0, 6-1.

I'm happy that I was able to stay focused tonight, overcome the conditions, and play well. I have to say though that I am very disappointed with the WTA and the experience so far at the WTA Finals. As I said in my press conference tonight, as a player I really feel disrespected by the WTA. I think most of us do. This is not the level of organization we expect for the Finals. To be honest.

I don't feel safe moving on this court a lot of the time, the bounce is not consistent at all, and we weren't able to practice on this court until yesterday for the first time. It's just not acceptable to me with so much on the line and so much at stake.

Despite the criticism, Sabalenka also praised the local efforts towards managing the situation as best as possible. She wanted to separate those things and show appreciation to the Mexican fans and workers on site.

All that said, I definitely want to show my appreciation for the local tournament organizers, everyone that built the court at the last minute, and everyone that's working here at the event. I know it's not their fault and I want them to know, as well as all the Mexican fans, that I love them and appreciate them. I'm very happy to be in Mexico, I'm just upset with the WTA and this situation.


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