This Saturday, in the final in Madrid, Aryna Sabalenka beat Iga Swiatek and won her thirteenth title. What necessarily make her happy.
And 13! This Saturday, the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, 2nd player in the world and seeded n°2, won the thirteenth title of her career. The third of this year 2023 after Adelaide then the Australian Open. A new success following her victory, in the final of the WTA 1000 tournament in Madrid in Spain, on clay, against the Polish Iga Swiatek, world number 1 and seeded number 1, in three sets (6-3, 3- 6, 6-3) and 2h27 of play. At the end of this meeting, the joy of the Belarusian was necessarily immense.
This is what the main interested party herself confided, in remarks reported by the French sports daily The team : “I’m super happy, it was a great match, a super difficult fight. It was really intense. It’s always tough battles against Iga, she always pushes me to my limits but I really love it. I hope we will be able to meet in the finals other times this season. This victory, especially on clay, is something incredible. I’m really happy to be able to compete with her and win, so it’s not too boring for people to watch our matches (laughs). »
“Swiatek? I respect her a lot”
Now, the two players are tied this year when it comes to duels in the final. The first, on April 17, was won by the Pole, in the final of the WTA 500 tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, on clay. A rivalry that also made Aryna Sabalenka react: “I respect her a lot. She’s a great player, what she did last season and what she continues to do, it really motivates me a lot to improve, to keep working hard, to keep fighting. This season, I would say it’s completely different matches from last year, I’ve improved a lot, and I really want to beat her. »