A large pair of mirrored sunglasses couldn’t hide Aryna Sabalenka’s emotions after her crushing US Open semifinal loss
Sabalenka saw a 4-2 lead in the third set disintegrate against top seed Iga Swiatek,
who won 16 of the final 20 points to stamp her spot in the final against Ons Jabeur.
Sabalenka arrived at her post-match press conference in glasses and a hat tucked low as she answered questions for several minutes,
Sabalenka was asked if she was “proud” of this performance, compared to last year’s U.S. Open semifinal
“Actually right now, I really don’t feel that way, but my team keeps telling me I have to be proud of myself for these last few months,” said Sabalenka,
Sabalenaka won the first set 6-3 before Swiatek responded with a dominant 6-1 second set.
Sabalenka’s often dominant serve abandoned her in the final games,
To open her press conference, the 24-year-old Sabalenka was asked how she was feeling.
“Not really good,” said Sabalenka, who credited Swiatek’s play in the “key moments” as the difference in the match