Aryna Sabalenka: "In Melbourne the best day of my life!"

The Belarusian tennis player beat Elena Rybakina from behind and won the Australian Open 2023, the first Grand Slam tournament of this season

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Aryna Sabalenka: "In Melbourne the best day of my life!"

After several occasions when she was one step away, Aryna Sabalenka finally succeeded. The Belarusian tennis player beat Elena Rybakina from behind and won the Australian Open 2023, the first Grand Slam tournament of this season.

Aryna, beaming after the success, spoke at the press conference and released the following statements: "This is all crazy, I don't know, it's really hard to explain what I'm feeling. I'm so happy and proud, this is the best day of my life." Aryna missed the first match point with a double fault and the Belarusian joked about it: "Let's say it started well (laughs) and I was a bit nervous in the last game.

I kept telling myself to work and never give up, until at the last point. It was a very difficult challenge, I'm really happy above all that I finally managed to manage all the emotions. It's nicer when you see such difficult challenges, it's also more fun and I feel I always have to face challenges like that to better understand myself, I need to fight.

After losing so many of these decisive challenges I can now be a totally different Aryna. Rybakina? We played a great match, perhaps the best of the tournament. I liked this battle, I'm happy it wasn't too simple, congratulations to her too who played a great match."

Aryna Sabalenka: "In Melbourne the best day of my life!"

The Australian Open champion continued: "A lot of things have changed after today, before people asked me for autographs but I was really nobody, in tennis you have to win Grand Slams.

Now this has changed the way I feel, and after this victory I respect myself more. I understand that I'm here because I work during and I think I'm a good player. I just have to learn to manage emotions, especially on the court.

I think everyone in my country is proud of me too, maybe I'll have a big party at home. How will I celebrate? I think pizza, sweets and maybe some champagne. After the first set I was nervous then things gradually improved. I'm happy with all of this."

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