'My Motivation': Sabalenka Says Family Are Backbone To Her Success

'My Motivation': Sabalenka Says Family Are Backbone To Her Success

by Nurein Ahmed

Aryna Sabalenka is living the best year of her tennis career, and she wants her family to live the best life, lauding them as her source of motivation.

Sabalenka opened up a Q&A session on her Instagram account on Sunday, and fans pitched some interesting questions to which Sabalenka responded on a range of topics including the location of her retirement home, her inspiration, how she spends her spare time outside tennis, and her fitness routine during the off-season.

One fan asked the 25-year-old her source of inspiration that keeps her interested in the sport. Sabalenka candidly stated that she draws inspiration from her family, adding that she always wants them to have the best life possible and tagging a photo of her mother, Yuliya Sabalenka.

"My family my motivation! I want them to have the best life."

Sabalenka tends to keep her private and personal life discreet. When she is away from the Tour, she spends her time in tandem with her boyfriend Konstantin Koltsov, a former hockey player from Belarus. There is little information regarding her family history as she doesn't post major updates about them, but regards them as the cornerstone of her success.

Her father, Sergey, tragically died due to health complications in 2019, but Sabalenka fulfilled his wish - which was for Aryna to become the WTA No. 1. Four years on, that dream became reality. Sabalenka, who is the only WTA player to reach the semifinals or better at all four Slams this season, rose to the No. 1 spot at the end of the 2023 US Open.

Despite losing to Coco Gauff in the championship match, she's had a better season than any player. And testament to that, she's earned the most points in the WTA Race and the most prize money in 2023.

The woman from Minsk was also quizzed on her favorite retirement city. Sabalenka chose Miami, Florida, where she currently resides, but jokingly said her selection could change in a few years.


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