WATCH: Sabalenka's Tongue Steals Show During Trophy Ceremony at Indian Wells

WATCH: Sabalenka's Tongue Steals Show During Trophy Ceremony at Indian Wells

by Alfredo Bassanelli

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As the dust settled on the 2023 Indian Wells final, tennis enthusiasts were treated to a heartwarming display of camaraderie and humor between Elena Rybakina and Aryna Sabalenka.

Rybakina emerged victorious in a rematch of their Australian Open final, with a 7-6(11), 6-2 win over Sabalenka. However, it was Sabalenka's tongue that ultimately stole the show during the trophy ceremony.

In a light-hearted moment, Sabalenka playfully stuck out her tongue while Rybakina spoke about her opponent during the ceremony. The jest was met with laughter from the audience, showcasing the genuine rapport between the two athletes.

Rybakina, who didn't notice Sabalenka's gesture, went on to share her excitement about defeating her for the first time in her career, and expressed her hopes of repeating this feat in future encounters.

Sabalenka, never one to shy away from a bit of friendly banter, responded with a grin that the victory would not be easily replicated. The exchange highlighted the mutual respect and admiration shared between these top players, providing a refreshing glimpse into the human side of professional tennis.

But it wasn't all just about fun and poking jokes for Sabalenka. She got very close to winning another big trophy in 2023, but she lost to an opponent that may cause her nightmares in the future and during the press conference, she was aware of it.

"It's going to be in my head till tomorrow because there were so many points where I could play better and where I could handle myself better, especially serving for the set."

"There is no pressure on me. Why would I go for bigger serves? Just serve to the body and just play the point, you know? I was overhitting. This is just another lesson, and that's okay. I have nothing against that. I will learn. I will come back better."


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