Full Name – Aryna Siarhiejeŭna Sabalenka
Date of Birth – 05 May 1998
Nationality – Belarusian
Role – Right-handed, Two-handed Backhand (all-court player)
Coach – Anton Dubrov
Current Ranking – No. 2
Highest Ranking – No. 2 (23 August 2021)
Current Ranking – No. 4 (Doubles)
Highest Ranking – No. 1 (22 February 2021) (Doubles)
Career Earnings – US$8,684,783
Win/Loss – 262/132
Career Titles – 10
Grand Slam Titles – 2
BEST GRAND SLAM RESULTS – SINGLES
Australian Open – Fourth Round (2021)
French Open – Third Round (2020, 2021)
Wimbledon – Semi-Finals (2021)
US Open – Semi-Finals (2021)
BEST GRAND SLAM RESULTS – DOUBLES
Australian Open – Champion (2021)
French Open – Semi-finals (2019)
Wimbledon – Quarter-finals (2019)
US Open – Champion (2019)
Rising through the junior ranks, Sabalenka won her first ITF singles title in 2013 at the MTV Total Junior Cup in Finland.
Sabalenka turned professional in 2015 and won the 10K and 25K tournaments at Antalya and further went on to gain more success by winning the 50K tournament in Tianjin, following it up with another win in Toyota. Sabalenka ended her first professional season with world rank No. 137.
The Belarusian made her Grand Slam debut at the 2017 Wimbledon. She went on to proceed to the Fed Cup final that year too with her Belarus team, but ultimately lost to the US team. She finished the year on a high winning the Mumbai Open.
The following year was a mixed one as she had poor form in the Grand Slam events, getting knocked out in the opening rounds of all of the Grand Slams except the US Open where she had a strong show, reaching the fourth round and beating Petra Kvitová on her way.
Apart from her Grand Slam misfortunes, Sabalenka had a strong Premier 5 season, reaching the semi-finals of the Cincinnati Open, quarter-finals of China Open and going on to win the Wuhan Open. Her strong WTA Tours earned her the WTA Newcomer of the Year.
Sabalenka started 2019 strongly with a win at the Shenzhen Open and even though she had tough time at the Grand Slams, she continued her strong WTA Tour form, finishing runner-up at the Silicon Valley Classic and winning the Wuhan Open along with reaching the quarter-final of the Zhengzhou Open. She ended the year with the WTA Elite Trophy.
A shortened 2020 season saw the Belarusian reach the Australian Open quarter-finals in the doubles. She went on to reach the Dubai Championship doubles quarter-finals as well. She won her first singles title of the year, winning the Qatar Open defeating Petra Kvitová in the finals. Sabalenka ended the year on a high by winning the Linz trophy and finishing the year inside the top ten rankings for the very first time.
2021 started off right where 2020 left off for Sabalenka, as she went to clinch her first title as the season opener at the Abu Dhabi Championship. She took that form to the Australian Open, where she made her maiden Grand Slam quarter-final appearance and won the Australian Open doubles title with Elise Mertens. Sabalenka went on to win the singles title at the Madrid Open and was runner-up at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix final. She went on to win the Berlin Open doubles title and cemented her place as the world no. 1 in doubles.
A baseliner, Sabalenka is a powerful player who is known for her powerful serves and groundstrokes. She uses her advantageous groundstrokes as winners, while also using her height to her advantage, being able to cover more distance and reach.
A thinking player, Sabalenka has the perfect balance of knowing when to go for a winner and when not to. The Belarusian, who prefers to play on grass and hard courts, has most of her title wins on the same surfaces.
Nike – Since the start of the professional career, Sabalenka has been sponsored by Nike and sports both Nike apparel and footwear on the court.
Off the court, Sabalenka also promotes and brand through her social media channels.
Wilson – Sabalenka has been using Wilson’s racquets since the beginning of her professional career and along with the racquet, the Belarusian also uses other Wilson equipment such as kit bags and string sets. Sabalenka currently uses the Blade 98 18*20 v7 and 98 18*20 v8 racquets.