No More ‘Crazy’ Rivalries As Best Friends Aryna Sabalenka, Paula Badosa Meet At French Open

No More ‘Crazy’ Rivalries As Best Friends Aryna Sabalenka, Paula Badosa Meet At French Open

Aryna Sabalenka says these darkish “sharp, loopy” days are gone when gamers resembling Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova would bitterly air their grievances publicly. To make her level clear, world quantity two Sabalenka will fortunately tackle her greatest pal Paula Badosa for a spot within the French Open final 32 on Saturday. It will likely be the pair's seventh assembly however first at a Grand Slam. “It's all the time troublesome to play your greatest pal on Tour,” Australian Open champion Sabalenka mentioned.

“However we all know methods to separate the courtroom and life. So it's all the time an excellent match. I all the time take pleasure in taking part in towards him.”

“I’d say the highest 10 gamers for the time being are good with one another, and there aren’t any main fights off the courtroom,” she mentioned.

“It's not like we're greatest mates, nevertheless it's not like every loopy or intense factor both.”

Such heat was uncommon ten years in the past.

In 2013, Williams described being ranked among the many prime 5 gamers as “boring”.

“She received't be invited to fancy events. And, if she desires to be with a black-hearted man, then do this.”

Williams didn’t title Sharapova, however the Russian participant and most different observers noticed it as a reference to her relationship with Bulgarian tennis participant Grigor Dimitrov.

Sharapova hit again at Williams' relationship together with her French coach Patrick Mouratoglou.

Elsewhere, an American as soon as arrived at a press convention sporting a shirt that learn “Are you my headlines?”

This was in reference to her coming in second after successful the Australian Open and Wimbledon, whereas Dinara Safina was ranked first regardless of by no means successful a significant title.

In the meantime, Polish participant Agnieszka Radwanska criticised Sharapova's notorious on-court antics on the 2012 Australian Open.

After Radwanska's exit, Sharapova responded harshly, saying, “Hasn't she gone again to Poland?”

There might be no such idle discuss forward of the competition between Sabalenka and Badosa.

“She has an excellent persona, she's a pleasant woman, all the time brings good power, even on the courtroom,” mentioned Spanish star Badosa.

“I believe it'll be enjoyable. It'll undoubtedly be a pleasure to share the courtroom with him after all of the issues he's executed.”

If Badosa loses to Sabalenka for a fifth consecutive time, she may have help from her boyfriend and world quantity 9 Stefanos Tsitsipas, a former runner-up on the French Open.

“I'm actually grateful to have somebody like her with me. Additionally, within the subsequent few days, we're going to play blended doubles, so sharing the courtroom together with her, I believe it makes it much more particular.”

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