Aryna Sabalenka reacts to knocking out Iga Swiatek at WTA Finals

Aryna Sabalenka revealed her goal was to “make Iga Swiatek work” as she felt she delivered “an unbelievable tennis” against the Pole. On Sunday, Sabalenka stunned world No 1 Swiatek 6-2 2-6 6-1 to reach the final at the WTA Finals.

“The only thing I had in my mind was just make her work. And that’s it. It’s only because of that I was able to show unbelievable tennis tonight and get this win;” Sabalenka said after the match, per Tennis365.

Earlier this year, Swiatek claimed four straight-set wins over Sabalenka. This time, Sabalenka was determined not to give Swiatek another easy win. “I gave her a lot of easy matches this season, and I think that’s enough for her.

I wanted to make sure that, every time she plays against me, she knows she has to work hard to get a win. It was only because of this thinking that I was able to play such an amazing level tonight,” Sabalenka added.

How Sabalenka defeated Swiatek?

Sabalenka broke Swiatek in the second game of the match but Swiatek got the break back in the third game.

However, blowing an early break didn’t impact Sabalenka, who broke Swiatek again in the fourth and eighth games to win the first set. After easily losing the first set, Swiatek bounced back at the start of the second set as she earned back-to-back breaks to open a 4-0 lead.

Sabalenka got one break back in the sixth game to cut the deficit to 4-2 but Swiatek earned her third break of the set in the seventh game for a 5-2 lead. In the eighth game, Swiatek routinely served out to send the match into a decider.

After the first two games of the third set, the score was tied at one game apiece. Then, Sabalenka earned back-to-back breaks and won the next five games to beat Swiatek in style. Today, Sabalenka will be fighting against Caroline Garcia for the WTA Finals title.

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