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Aryna Sabalenka Finds Encouragement Despite Madrid Open Final Loss

Madrid, May 05, 2024, The Europe Today: In the wake of her hard-fought defeat to world number one Iga Swiatek in the Madrid Open final, Aryna Sabalenka expressed optimism and satisfaction with her performance, signaling a resurgence in her form after a challenging period.

Sabalenka, who engaged in a gripping battle with Swiatek, ultimately succumbed to a narrow 7-5 4-6 7-6(7) defeat in the final showdown. Despite the loss, Sabalenka’s journey in Madrid showcased a resurgence in her game, offering glimpses of her undeniable talent and determination.

The Belarusian player has faced a string of challenges in recent months, with only four wins in the four tournaments following her Australian Open title defense in January. However, her impressive showing in Madrid, including victories over formidable opponents like Elena Rybakina and Danielle Collins, underscores her resilience and potential for greatness.

Reflecting on her performance, Sabalenka shared her satisfaction with reporters, emphasizing the positives she gleaned from her Madrid campaign. “I’m happy with the level I played, with the effort I put into this match and into this week,” she remarked. “It’s a lot of good things to take out of this tournament, and I think I’m leaving Madrid with positive thoughts.”

Acknowledging the challenges she faced in regaining her form after the Australian Open, Sabalenka expressed gratitude for her resurgence in Madrid. “It was tough to find myself back, but I’m super happy that here in Madrid I was able to bring it all together and to be able to get back to my level,” she affirmed, adding, “I think it only can get better from now on.”

Looking ahead, Sabalenka sets her sights on the Italian Open in Rome, eager to continue her resurgence on the clay courts. “The first thing that comes to my mind, I’m ready for pasta,” she quipped, highlighting her anticipation for the upcoming tournament. “It’s one of my favorite tournaments. It’s such a beautiful facility and beautiful city. I love Rome, and I’m excited to get back there.”

As Sabalenka embarks on the next chapter of her season, her resilience and determination serve as testaments to her potential for further success on the tennis circuit.