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Tennis: Fearless Sabalenka prepared for ‘new test’ in Tokyo Olympics

Straight from her advancement Grand Slam execution at Wimbledon, world number three Aryna Sabalenka is going to the 2020 Olympics resolved to win an award for Belarus and says she has no motivation to fear any of her opponents in Tokyo.

The 23-year-old has won 10 titles on the WTA Tour however had never crossed the fourth round at a Grand Slam before the current month’s Wimbledon, where she made it to the semi-finals prior to losing in three sets to Czech Karolina Pliskova

“It’s my first Olympic Games and I’m truly anticipating it,” she told the International Tennis Federation. “This is another thing for me. I would say this is the new test and I’m truly anticipating it.

“I’m truly glad to address my country, my kin and I need to do all that I can to ensure that Belarus is pleased with me. I need to address my nation as tough individuals who can battle through everything.”

World number one Ash Barty of Australia and home expectation Naomi Osaka, who is positioned second and won four of the last six Grand Slams hung on hardcourts, are relied upon to be Sabalenka’s principle challengers at the Ariake Tennis Park.

“I will do all that I can to make this fantasy (materialize,” she said, adding that simply considering the Olympics gave her goosebumps.

“I’m anticipating the battles. This is something truly unfathomable. I’m not terrified of anyone.”

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