Aryna Sabalenka recognized Karolina Muchova's merits despite her deep disappointment at her defeat in the semifinal of the Roland Garros 2023. The Belarusian found herself ahead 5-2 in the deciding set, but she first squandered a match point and then had a terrible inning when she served for the match.
One step away from victory and the final in Paris, her match slipped away in the blink of an eye: she suddenly lost her first serve, the explosiveness that distinguishes her shots and the confidence she showed in previous rounds.
Sabalenka: "It's difficult to comment on this match"
In the press conference, Aryna explained: "Obviously I'm very disappointed. I had a lot of opportunities and didn't take them. It was a tough match and she played incredible tennis.
I completely lost my serve. After serving for the match , she took a step forward and played more aggressively. I lost the rhythm, I was no longer present. It's difficult to comment on a match like this. You always have to face challenges; I will try to learn something and come back stronger.
I don't see this tournament as a negative tournament. I think I made significant improvements on clay and achieved my best result in Paris." The Belarusian later focused on the complicated moment she experienced a few days ago in the press room: "I never thought of not playing.
I was emotionally ill and couldn't sleep. But the only thing I can do well is this life is playing tennis so i try to focus on that. Today I don't want to talk about politics, you already have all my statements. I'm exhausted right now, but I think it's just because of the game.
I think it's normal to feel like this after two weeks of non-stop matches on clay. I will rest and go back to training. Wimbledon? I'm super excited, can't wait to get back to playing the tournament. I like playing there, I like the atmosphere."
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