Arina Sergeyevna Sobolenko, also known as Aryna Siarhiejena Sabalenka (Belarusian: рна реена ааленка; Russian: рина ереевна oоленко, born 5 May 1998), is a professional tennis player from Belarus. The Women’s Tennis Association has ranked her as high as No. 2 in the world in singles and No. 1 in the world in doubles (WTA). Together with Elise Mertens, Sabalenka has won two Grand Slam doubles championships in the 2019 US Open and the 2021 Australian Open. Ten of her 16 career victories have been in singles play, while six have been in doubles.
Sabalenka had a modest level of fame up until 2017, when she and Aliaksandra Sasnovich, who were both below the top 75 at the time, helped the Belarus Fed Cup team to a runner-up result. She started to see more success on the WTA Tour after the 2017 Fed Cup, making it to four finals and earning eight top 10 triumphs in 2018. With three victories in China in 2019, Sabalenka maintained her dominance in the singles division.
Her three victories in China included the WTA Elite Trophy at the year’s end and a successful defense of her Wuhan Open title at the Premier 5 level. She concluded the singles season at No. 11 in the world in both 2018 and 2019. In 2019, Sabalenka also started consistently playing doubles.
She won the Miami Open and Indian Wells Open Premier Mandatory competitions in March, completing the Sunshine Double with Mertens as her partner. She initially qualified for the WTA Finals after winning the doubles competition at the US Open later in the year. The Wimbledon Championships and the 2021 US Open saw Sabalenka achieve her greatest singles finishes at Grand Slam competitions, as both events saw her go to the semifinals.
Backdrop and Early Years
Sabalenka was conceived on May 5, 1998, in Minsk, Belarus’s capital city. A hockey player, her father Sergey passed away in 2019. Tennis was something Aryna took up by accident. She stated: “One day, as my father was taking me somewhere in the car, he happened to notice tennis courts. He then drove me to court. It was just how I liked and enjoyed it to be. That was how it began.” 2014 saw the opening of the National Tennis Academy in Minsk, where she started her training.
Even though she was still eligible to compete at the junior level at the time, the Belarusian Tennis Federation convinced Sabalenka and her management to concentrate on playing low-level professional events rather than junior competitions in 2015.
Career Advancement and Success
Sabalenka competed in her first ITF circuit event in 2012, and in 2015, she won three singles championships and one double win. She made headlines in the tennis world in 2017 when she led the Belarusian team to the Fed Cup final.
Despite losing to the United States team in the championship match, Sabalenka and teammate Aliaksandra Sasnovich were praised for making it to the finals, which were held in their own nation, despite not being among the top 75 female tennis players at the time. Since then, Sabalenka has risen to a career-high singles ranking of nine in February of this year. The 2018 Wuhan Open is the most notable of her three WTA victories. Sabalenka has also achieved unexpected victory over top competitors like former world number one Caroline Wozniacki.
Husband of Sabalenka
Konstantin Koltsov, a former ice hockey player from Belarus, and Sabalenka are presently dating. Koltsov has 18 years of experience representing his native Belarus at the IIHF World Championships and the Winter Olympics. He formally retired from the professional circuit in 2016. In 2021, Koltsov and Sabalenka made their Roland Garros debut together.
How Old She Is?
In Minks, Belarus, on May 5, 1998, Sabalenka was born. She afterward relocated to the USA. She is currently 24 years old.
Her Stature and Weight
The tennis pro from Belarus is 5′ 11″ (1.82 m) tall and 80 kg heavy (176lbs). She is pretty agile for her size. The baseliner is renowned for her strong serves and groundstrokes as well. Her serves frequently result in aces since they can easily surpass 194 km/h (124 mph).
Endorsements for Sabalenka
Aryna Sabalenka has been sponsored by Nike from the start of her professional career. Additionally, she has a sponsorship agreement with Wilson specifically for racquets.