Aryna Sabalenka Storms to Wuhan Title- Sending Out Message to Naomi Osaka

WUHAN, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 29: Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus celebration win the game against Anett Kontaveit of Estonia during 2018 Wuhan Open singles final match at Optics Valley International Tennis Center on September 29, 2018 in Wuhan, China. (Photo by Wang HE/Getty Images)

A bulleting forehand by 20 year old Belorussian, Aryna Sabalenka- completed an accomplished week, as she saw off Anett Kontaveit 6-3, 6-3 to win Wuhan title. This is her second title of the season. A successful season from Sabalenka was entirely foreseeable at the beginning of it. This victory confirms that she will definitely be a rival for Naomi Osaka in seasons to come.

Sabalenka Bulldozered Kontaveit with Aplomb

Sabalenka struts onto court with a fiercely determined look in her eyes. Her Estonian opponent does not make eye contact. This shows that Aryna Sabalenka is now a feared opponent on the WTA. The way she moves around the court and controls Kontaveit from the baseline with power and precision- is an ultimate joy to witness.

Critics often point to the fact that powerhouses often make more mistakes. Sabalenka’s double-fault count plagued her last year. Against Kontaveit there was just one. Albeit a daft one, but she is only 20 and it is obvious that she is good at addressing improvement areas.

Sabalenka has Worked on Double-Fault Issue Since the Osaka Match

The recent US Open contest between Sabalenka and Osaka was a taste of things to come. The web is flooded with articles about Osaka. However, Sabalenka was the only player to take a set off Osaka in the whole tournament.

A double fault count of 8, suggests that Sabalenka contributed to her own downfall. As the statistics suggest- she has been working on this. When the pair meet again, there is no certainty that the outcome will be the same. In her 7 matches since the Osaka contest- Sabalenka  has made at least 2 fewer double-faults per match.

Sabalenka’s Scheduling Faux Pas The Only Current Blip

After Sabalenka’s US Open quarterfinal run – there was a blip against Varvara Lepchenko in Quebec. This is purely a scheduling mistake, opting to stay in North American and play immediately after the US Open. In hindsight she should have had a rest and then gone onto the Asian swing, whereby she was bound to make waves. It seems a small point, but tournament scheduling is going to be key for Sabalenka, as she targets Slams. The future is not just bright- it’s glowing for Aryna Sabalenka.

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