Sabalenka Eyes Wimbledon After UK Visa Approved

Sabalenka Eyes Wimbledon After UK Visa Approved

by Balasz Virag

Aryna Sabalenka is opting to focus on the future and Wimbledon following her exit from Roland Garros against Karolina Muchova.

Aryna Sabalenka won't be contesting the Roland Garros final after she got beaten by Karolina Muchova in a very exciting match. The Belarusian was widely expected to make the final and challenge Iga Swiatek as many expected her to be the only realistic challenger to the Polish player's dominance in Paris.

It won't be happening as she's now out of the event but she's opting to stay positive and focus on the future, especially since her Wimbledon participation has now been confirmed. Sabalenka revealed in recent weeks that her Wimbledon participation is up in the air even after the ban was lifted. Her visa wasn't approved at that time but in the meantime it was and she confirmed that she'll be in London.

Yes, now I have visa. Woohoo. I can celebrate (smiling). I'm coming to Wimbledon, which is great news

She had some solid outings at Wimbledon, especially in 2021 when Ashleigh Barty won the event. Sabalenka took down last year's finalist Ons Jabeur en route to the semi-final where she lost to Karolina Pliskova. Last year was the year when the Belarusian athletes were banned, so she didn't get to play however this year will be a happy return for her as she really loves the event.

I'm super excited. I really like to play there. I really enjoy the atmosphere. I really missed last year's Wimbledon, and yeah, just can't wait to come back and show my best tennis.

Being ready for the next big stretch of tennis means that Sabalenka need to recover properly. It's been a long two weeks, very tiring with all the drama off the court including the efforts on the court. She did admit to feeling pretty exhausted after the match.

Yeah, I think I'm really exhausted right now (smiling). But I think it's only because I lost this match, and it's very, like, very tough, tough match for me to lose. But, yeah, I think it's normal to feel exhausted after two weeks of playing nonstop and playing on the clay. It's always physical matches. So I think for the next couple of days I'll be just party hard. Joking (laughter).


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