Aryna Sabalenka blames ‘an excessive amount of expectation and stress’ for shock US Open exit

World No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka felt that placing an excessive amount of expectation on herself did not do any favors ito her n the US Open semifinal. Sabalenka, seeded at No. 2, suffered a shock to world No. 73 Leylah Fernandez because the Canadian received 7-6 (3) 4-6 6-4 to achieve her maiden Grand Slam ultimate.

“I will nonetheless want a while to consider this,” Sabalenka stated, when requested what she would be taught from the defeat. “The straightforward issues that when you’ve got alternative, simply go for it, do not overthink. That is simple to say.

Once you’re on the court docket, you beginning pondering lots. “As far you go within the draw, extra expectation you’ve got. That is one thing that truly I am battling as a result of at first of the match I used to be out of the form truthfully.

I wasn’t enjoying properly on the match earlier than. I wasn’t enjoying properly on the observe. I used to be, like, getting loopy on the observe. “Going into the primary match, I did not have any expectations. I used to be enjoying easy as a result of while you’re, like, not in the very best form and also you’re attempting to make it near the strains, it is not working.

You play easy with extra targets.”

Sabalenka tried to do an excessive amount of and it price her the win

“Possibly as we speak I ought to do the identical and see what occur,” Sabalenka added. “This was my errors. Due to the expectations and all this stress and all the things, I used to be attempting to perhaps make her transfer, I used to be going for nearer to the strains.

The errors was like this generally in necessary moments. Possibly generally I’ve to return and begin from the straightforward sport, then if I really feel I can go for greater pictures… “Yeah, that is what I’ve to be taught from this match I might say.” Sabalenka has now misplaced back-to-back Grand Slam semifinal as at Wimbledon she was crushed by Karolina Pliskova.

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