Aryna Sabalenka’s 2023 tennis schedule: Where is she competing next and her season so far…
A look at Aryna Sabalenka’s 2023 tennis schedule and his results so far this campaign…
After failing to win any titles in 2022 on the back of struggles with her serve, Sabalenka got off to a blistering start in 2023 as she kicked off the campaign with two consecutive titles in Australia.
She kept that form going in the following months and has consistently challenged Iga Swiatek for not only for the biggest titles, but also the No 1 spot in the WTA Rankings.
What’s to follow…
Following solid clay- and grass-court campaigns, it is back to hard courts for Sabalenka and her fellow WTA Tour stars. Can she add the US Open title to her collection?
Confirmed and unconfirmed events
Canadian Open – August 7-13
Last year Sabalenka kicked off her North American hard-court swing at the Silicon Valley Classic, but the tournament is not on the 2023 calendar and was replaced by the Washington Open. However, the world No 2 has opted not to enter the Citi Open.
Instead, she will head straight to Montreal for the Canadian Open where 900 ranking points will be on offer to the winner of the WTA 1000 title.
She fell in the third round last year while in 2021 she reached the semi-final.
Cincinnati Open – August 14-20
After a disappointing first half of the 2022 season, things started to click for Sabalenka at the Western & Southern Open in 2022 as she reached the semi-final before losing to eventual champion Caroline Garcia.
US Open – August 28-September 10
Now that she has made her Grand Slam breakthrough – and on a hard court to boot – could this be the year that Sabalenka goes all the way at Flushing Meadows?
She has reached the US Open semi-final the past two years and on both occasions she went down in three sets.
Guadalajara Open / Guangzhou Open – September 18-24
Sabalenka played in the San Diego Open after the US Open in 2022, but the tournament has again been squeezed in after the final Grand Slam of the year and most top stars won’t feature if they reach the latter stages at Flushing Meadows.
With the Asian swing returning, players could opt to compete in Mexico or head to China the following week.
Last year Sabalenka featured at the Guadalajara Open, but suffered a surprise second-round defeat.
Pan Pacific Open / Ningbo Open – September 25-October 1
Before Covid-19, Sabalenka was a regular competitor in Asian tournaments and she could play in either the WTA 500 Pan Pacific Open in Japan or head to China for the WTA 250 Ningo Open.
China Open – October 2-8
Sabalenka played in three consecutive editions of the China Open from 2017 until 2019. Her best performance was a run to the quarter-final in 2018.
Zhengzhou Open / Hong Kong Open / Korea Open – October 9-16
There are plenty of tournaments on offer for the big stars on the WTA and Sabalenka could stay play in China in the WTA 500 Zhengzhou Open, head to Hong Kong for the WTA 250 event or take part in the WTA 250 event in Korea.
Of course, she could also skip all three events and keep herself fresh for the season-ending WTA Finals.
WTA Finals – October 30-November 5
Sabalenka is currently the leader in the Race to the WTA Finals and she will be looking to go one better this year after finishing runner-up to Garcia last year.
Aryna Sabalenka’s 2023 season so far…
Aryna Sabalenka made a dream start to the 2023 season as she lifted her 11th career title when she defeated Linda Noskova in the season-opening Adelaide International in January.
But bigger and better things were to come as the Belarusian finally broke her Grand Slam duck at the Australian Open.
Despite her obvious talent, not too many expected Sabalenka would go all the way at Melbourne Park due to her serving woes. However, she produced seven brilliant performances, defeating Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina 4–6, 6–3, 6–4 in the final.
Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships
After opting to skip the Qatar Open, Sabalenka’s unbeaten start to the 2023 campaign came to an end in Dubai as she suffered a quarter-final defeat at the hands of Barbora Krejcikova.
Indian Wells Open
But she soon returned to winning ways as she defeated the likes of Krejcikova, Coco Gauff and Maria Sakkari en route to the final in California.
In a rematch of the 2023 Australian Open final, Sabalenka came off second best this time as Rybakina won 7-6 (13-11), 6-4.
The Sunshine Double didn’t deliver any titles as Sabalenka suffered a surprise quarter-final exit from the Miami Open.
The Porsche Tennis Grand Prix is a favourite tournament among the big-name players in women’s tennis and Sabalenka was once again on the entry list.
However, for the third year in a row she finished runner-up as she lost in three tight sets against world No 1 Iga Swiatek.
Sabalenka returned to title-winning ways in the Spanish capital as she turned the tables on Swiatek as she got the better of the Pole in three sets to win her second Madrid Open trophy.
But she was quickly brought back down to earth at Foro Italico as she lost in the second round against Sofia Kenin.
On the back of her Stuttgart and Madrid titles, Sabalenka was considered one of the challengers for the title at Roland Garros, although defending champion Swiatek was the clear favourite.
She looked good value over the two weeks, but she suffered a surprise semi-final defeat to Karolina Muchova.
With Wimbledon back on the calendar for Belarusian players, Sabalenka opted to play on only one grass-court event in the build-up to the tournament.
Seeded top for the German event, the word No 2 was upset by Veronika Kudermetova in the second round.
With the All England Club lifting the ban on Belarusian and Russian players, Sabalenka made her return to Wimbledon and was once again considered one of the favourites along with Swiatek and defending champion Rybakina.
She looked confident and assured up until the semi-final when she ran into an inspired Ons Jabeur, who won in three sets.
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