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Expert: Sabalenka may enter WTA top 10 in 2018

Alexander Vasilevsky - ex-captain of the Belarusian national team in the Davis Cup - has given an interview to the TV program "Sports Week" on the CTV Chanel.

CoCo Vandeweghe noted after the first game with Aryna Sabalenka that it was easy to predict how Aryna would play. CoCo added that the Belarusian did not change her tactics during the game. Is this true?

Alexander Vasilevsky, ex-captain of the national team of the Republic of Belarus in Davis Cup:
In some ways, maybe she's right. Aryna plays very active, powerful tennis: a powerful serve and strokes. She tends to finish the play quickly so maybe her actions are somewhat predictable.

 Александр Василевский об участии Беларуси в Fed Cup
Alexander Vasilevsky

Does Aryna lack thoughtfulness, a strategy of some kind?

Alexander Vasilevsky:
Maybe she does for now. But the coaching staff is working in this direction. Aryna is still a young athlete - only 19 years old. With age comes experience and consistency. So later she will have some more preferred moves in her arsenal.

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Belarus definitely has a very bright star of world tennis. Will Aryna enter the WTA top 10? How do you think?

Alexander Vasilevsky:
Probably yes. Aryna has been playing recently very well. It is likely that she will find herself in the top 10, maybe already in 2018. Now she is 78th but that may change very soon.

Why did coach Eduard Dubrov decide that Sabalenka should play the doubles with Sasnovich?

Alexander Vasilevsky:
I think he understood that they had already won against the USA and that they would know how to play against them. They were fully fit for the game and on fire.

Why did Belarus eventually lose in the doubles?

Alexander Vasilevsky:
Belarusians simply lacked experience, this happens. They were 5:2 in front in the second set and must have finished it in their own favor. But it didn't happen. Aliaksandra Sasnovch and Aryna Sabalenka were younger than the Americans, so this played its role. However, they know what honor it is to play for the national team so we are likely to see even more from these young stars in the future.

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Expert: Sabalenka may enter WTA top 10 in 2018