“I just have to not over-rush it, just wait for a better shot to hit my strong, powerful balls” – Sabalenka hopes to do things differently against Swiatek next time

World No 2 and Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka says she would adopt a different strategy if she played world No 1 Iga Swiatek again. The Pole scored a straight sets win over Sabalenka in the final of the WTA Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart.

Swiatek now leads their head-to-head by 5 wins to 2 losses – with five of those matches taking place last year. The two could meet again in the final of the ongoing Madrid Open next week and the Belarusian says she would take a different approach to their rematch.

“Probably I don’t have to get crazy when I have a shorter ball to approach and to start playing my aggressive game, don’t get over-crazy about that shot. Because in the last match I was like, ‘Okay, this is a short ball, I have to do something extra’. So I was overthinking and that’s why I was missing a lot,” she said. “Last match it was about a few service games, my service games, so I just have to not over-rush it, just wait for a better shot to hit my strong, powerful balls.”

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