Aryna Sabalenka forced to apologise for winning the Australian Open as she sends unexpected message to fans
- Aryna Sabalenka apologized for winning the Australian Open
- She defeated China’s Qinwen Zheng in the final
- Champion sent a message to Chinese tennis fans
Aryna Sabalenka apologized for winning the Australian Open final.
The all-conquering tennis star felt compelled to send a message to Chinese fans after beating their own Qinwen Zheng in a one-sided demolition in Melbourne.
‘Hi guys, here I am with the trophy. I’m so sorry, I know you all support Qinwen, I understand that,’ Sabalenka said in a video posted on the Chinese social media platform Weibo.
“Anyway, thank you very much for all the support, I love playing in China, hopefully I will come back to China this year.
“Thank you so much and see you soon,” she finished, blowing her fans a kiss.
Aryna Sabalenka sent an apology to Chinese fans after winning the Australian Open
The Belarusian defended her title with ease in Melbourne this year
After the match, a devastated Zheng paid credit to the champion.
“Congratulations to Aryna for having such a great match here,” Zheng said.
‘I didn’t do my best. It’s a real shame for me because I really want to show better than that.’
Sabalenka dedicated the 6-3, 6-2 victory over Zheng to her family, telling them: ‘I love you so much … Everything I do, I do for you,’ as she held the trophy on the took center stage. court after her heartbreaking gesture.
Sabalenka revealed the ambition she and her father Sergey discussed in season one of the Netflix series Break Point.
‘I lost my father four years ago. We had one dream, that I would win some grand slams before 25,’ she said.
‘When he passed away, I started thinking about it too much. Now I’m 24 and there’s zero in my pocket.’
Sabalenka defeated Chinese hotshot Qinwen Zheng at Melbourne Park
The Belarusian world No.2 changed that when she broke through to win her first Australian Open crown by defeating Elena Rybakina last year – breaking down after the match as she remembered her father.
In scenes captured in Break Point’s second season, Sabalenka was on the phone with her mother in the locker room after the win when they started talking about her father.
“Mommy, don’t cry, I’m starting to cry, cameras are filming me here,” she says.
“Mom, don’t start talking about Dad, dammit.”