How Sabalenka won her first singles title


How Sabalenka won her first singles title

On Sunday, November 26, Aryna Sabalenka (WTA No96) won her first WTA title in the singles. In the final of the L&T Mumbai Open (WTA 125K Series, prize fund $115,000) Aryna was stronger than Dalila Jakupović (252) from Slovenia, 6:2, 6:3.

The Belarusian, seeded first in the tournament, led from the beginning and was 4:2 ahead when the most protracted game of the match took place. Aryna's opponent could make a break three times, but the 19-year-old Minsker did not allow her to do that. Sabalenka in the end won the set 6:3, in 31 minutes.

After a short break between the sets, the 26-year-old Dalila Jakupović, a native of Jesenice, could turn the play around and was only one game behind 3:4. The key moment was the 8th game when Sabalenka clung to every ball and pulled off a victory in the game, leading 5:3. Ahead was a serve for the match.

The tennis player from Slovenia, who is the third best player of her country, fought until the last moment and even earned a break point and the opportunity to return the intrigue to the match. However, Aryna coped with the excitement and brought the match to a victory from the very first match ball, 6:2, 6:3.

The winner made 3 aces with one double error, made 4 break-points out of 8 and won 72% of points from the second serve. 64 to 44 is the overall ratio of the points won in the match - in favor of Sabalenka.

The 19-year-old champion had to defeat five players on her way to his main trophy in the singles:

1st round: Aryna Sabalenka (96) 7:5, 6:1 Priscilla Hon (214)
2nd round: Aryna Sabalenka (96) 6:7 (5), 6:2, 7:6 (4) Lu Jiajing (207)
1/4 finals: Aryna Sabalenka (96) 6:4, 6:2 Naomi Broady (117)
1/2 finals: Aryna Sabalenka (96) 6:2, 6:3 Amandine Hesse (265)
Final: Aryna Sabalenka (96) 6:2, 6:3 Dalila Jakupović (252)

The victory in India allowed Aryna to regain the title of the top tennis player of Belarus: on Monday in the updated rating of WTA Sabalenka became 73rd, taking her highest position.

The tennis player from Minsk had a perfect second part of the season, progressing from tournament to tournament:

September - Tashkent Open (International, $ 226,750) - 1/2 finals
October - Tianjin Open (International, $ 426,750) - final
November - Fed Cup Final - victory over world No.13 Sloane Stephens
November - Taipei OEC Open (125K Series, $ 115,000) - WTA title in the doubles
November - L&T Mumbai Open (125K Series, $ 115,000) - WTA title in the singles