Was Handshake Between Swiatek & Sabalenka ‘Cold’ or Just Normal

Was Handshake Between Swiatek & Sabalenka ‘Cold’ or Just Normal

by Balasz Virag

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The debate about handshake between Iga Swiatek and Aryna Sabalenka emerged on the social media, but was it truly cold or just a normal post-match interaction?

The tennis world is abuzz after Iga Swiatek's victory over Aryna Sabalenka in the 2023 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix final in Stuttgart and return to the winner's circle on the WTA Tour after missing some action following the injury that forced her out of the Miami Open.

The match itself showcased the exceptional skills of both players, but it was the post-match handshake that garnered attention and sparked debate. Unlike the recent trend of warm embraces between players, the interaction between Swiatek and Sabalenka appeared more reserved, prompting some fans to label it as "cold."

As discussions around the handshake gained momentum, theories began to emerge. Some suggested that Sabalenka's demeanor could be a response to Swiatek's recent comments on excluding Russian and Belarusian players from the Olympics.

However, it is also possible that the handshake was simply a reflection of the high-quality match and Sabalenka's desire to focus on improvement after facing the world no. 1, a player that occupies the spot that she aspires to reach.

In the age of social media, it's easy to read too much into a single moment, potentially overshadowing the players' accomplishments on the court. So, was the handshake truly cold, or are we simply accustomed to warmer displays of camaraderie?

Ultimately, only Swiatek and Sabalenka know the true nature of their interaction. As fans and spectators, perhaps it's best for us to appreciate the incredible match they played and allow them the space to navigate their emotions and reactions in the way that feels most authentic to them.


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