The newly crowned Wuhan champion Aryna Sabalenka has become a real discovery of this tennis season. Called new Serena Williams, the unstoppable Belarusian keeps astonishing the world with her stellar performance on court over the last four months.
Sabalenka is facing Garbine Muguruza in the China Open on Tuesdasy, 2 October. The Belarusian captured the attention of the world as she beat at least five top WTA players.
Anett Kontaveit is one of them, the Estonian was knocked out of the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open with a 6-3, 6-3 defeat last Sunday.
throwback to when sabalenka kicked azarenka in the face pic.twitter.com/Nr4sRboLwc
— ariel (@sayallez) September 29, 2018
Here’s just some of the fans and media reactions following a triumpant victory of brand new World No.16.
Aryna Sabalenka is the real deal, guys, and she’s here to stay.
What an extraordinary last 12 months it has been for her, ever since she made her first WTA final in Tianjin.
— Max Gao (@MaxJGao) September 29, 2018
if sabalenka continues like this, the world and everything in it will be hers
— pfeifferchild (@pfeifferchild) September 25, 2018
Sabalenka and Osaka. Two 20yos who, when playing well, you’re left wondering how they heck do you beat them? Big servers, natural power, but physically strong enough to defend and counter if needed.
The future is now. And it’s pretty exciting.
— Courtney Nguyen (@FortyDeuceTwits) September 29, 2018
It’s not just mere tennis fans who are mesmerized and awestruck, even sporting greats are equally blown away by her excellence.
Aryna Sabalenka should be looked at in the same way as Naomi Osaka in terms of potential to figure at the very top of the game for years to come. Just an extraordinary talent and appetite for the sport.
— David Law (@DavidLawTennis) September 29, 2018
Aryna Sabalenka wins her biggest title & there is so much more to come. Exciting to watch & love her energy & attitude.
— Jo Durie (@Jodurie) September 29, 2018
How long before Aryna #Sabalenka cracks the top 10?
The 🇧🇾 is up to a current mark of No. 16 after winning her second career 🏆 in Wuhan.
— Live Tennis (@livetennis) October 1, 2018
Moreover, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko congratulated the 2o-year-old star with her brilliant victory in Wuhan.
“With your brilliant performance you win the love of millions of fans around the world, glorify your country and make Belarusian fans happy.
I am confident that the first WTA Premier 5 title is the start of a long journey to great victories and new career-high WTA rankings,” he said.
On the way to the final Aryna Sabalenka beat Spain’s world number 22 Carla Suarez Navarro, World No.6 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, the U.S. world number 62 Sofia Kenin, world number 31 Dominika Cibulkova from Slovakia and Australia’s world number 17 Ashleigh Barty.