Aryna Sabalenka (Belarusian: Арына́ Міцкевіч, born 8 September 1997) is a professional tennis player from Belarus. She has won four singles titles on the WTA tour, as well as five singles and three doubles titles on the ITF circuit in her career. On 25 August 2017, she reached her best singles ranking of world No. 39. On 29 September 2015, she peaked at No. 148 in the doubles rankings.
A Wild Card Entry to Aryna Sabalenka
Aryna Sabalenka was given a wildcard to play in the qualifying draw at the 2013 Sparta Prague Open where she lost to Petra Cetkovská 5–7 2–6. She was awarded a wildcard for the qualifying draw of the 2014 French Open but lost in the first round to Garbiñe Muguruza 1–6 3–6.
Aryna Sabalenka First Title and More
In late August 2014, Aryna Sabalenka won her first ITF title in Ukraine F19 defeating Oleksandra Korashvili in straight sets 7–5 7–5. This win helped her ranking to improve from World No. 1115 at the end of July 2014 to 938 on September 4, 2014. On October 22, she reached another final at Turkey F25 where she lost to Yuliya Beygelzimer 5-7 2-6. At the end of November 23, Aryna Sabalenka participated in the ITF tournament in Limoges, France where she defeated fifth seed Jessika Ponchet in the first round 7–6 7–5. In the second round, Aryna Sabalenka won over Ana Bogdan 6-3 2-6 6-4 but lost to Ann Li in the quarterfinals 3–6 4–6.
Aryna Sabalenka played for the Belarus Fed Cup team in 2014 and compiled a record of 4 wins and 3 losses. She started off her 2015 season by playing qualifying at Brisbane International where she lost to Estrella Cabeza Candela 5-7 1-6. At Sydney, Aryna beat Bojana Jovanovski before losing to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the second round. At the Australian Open, Aryna Sabalenka faced Caroline Garcia in the first round, where she was beaten 6-1 6-0.
In February 2015, Aryna Sabalenka made it to semifinals of the ITF event in Andrézieux-Bouthéon, France F15 but lost to eventual champion Richèl Hogenkamp 3–6 4–6. A week later she won her third title at Saint-Gaudens, France defeating Pauline Parmentier 7–5 6–2 in the final. On May 20–22, Aryna Sabalenka competed for the Belarus Fed Cup team again against Portugal and lost both singles and doubles rubbers with Maria João Koehler and Michelle Larcher de Brito, respectively.
On May 30, 2015, Aryna Sabalenka won her fourth ITF title at Great Britain F12 defeating low-ranked Jodie Anna Moore in the final 7–5 6-1. On June 15–21, she competed for the Belarus Fed Cup team against Romania and lost both singles and doubles rubbers with Olga Govortsova and Irina Camelia Begu, respectively. A week later Aryna Sabalenka reached the second WTA quarterfinals of the year but lost to Mona Barthel 2-6 3-6. After the Wimbledon Championships Aryna decided to play in grass tournaments before going back to clay courts where she had good results last season. Unfortunately wasn’t as successful as she was hoping.
Aryna Sabalenka and WTA season
Aryna Sabalenka started her 2016 WTA season at Brisbane International defeating Yulia Putintseva in the first round and losing to eventual champion Angelique Kerber in the second round. At Sydney, Aryna successfully passed through the qualifying draw and then defeated Kristýna Plíšková in three sets 3–6 7–5 7–6 (9). In the second round of the main draw, Aryna Sabalenka beat Varvara Lepchenko before retiring in the third set against Camila Giorgi while trailing 0–4. This was followed by another first-round loss at the Australian Open against Coco Vandeweghe with 2-6 1-6.