World No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka reveals she has been vaccinated and is hoping that she will never again go through a rough battle with COVID-19.
Sabalenka was projected to be the top seed at the Indian Wells Masters last week but she was withdrawn from the tournament after a positive COVID-19 test.
Sabalenka has recovered in time to play at this year’s WTA Finals.
“I think I’m clear right now because in Miami I did the vaccine, Johnson & Johnson,” Sabalenka said in Guadalajara.
“Hopefully, I’m safe because I don’t want to stay in quarantine any more. It’s not a lot of fun.
“I stayed in the room for 10 days. I was doing some work out there, but it wasn’t enough.
“For four days I was really sick, I couldn’t move. I didn’t have taste, I didn’t have smell. Wasn’t really an amazing time.”
Sabalenka was placed in quarantine in Indian Wells
“Unfortunately I’ve tested positive at Indian Wells and won’t be able to compete,” Belarusian Sabalenka wrote on her Instagram story just before the start of Indian Wells.
“I’ve started my isolation and I’ll be staying here until I’m cleared by the doctors and health officials. So far I’m looking ok but really sad to not be able to play this year.”
Being placed in quarantine in Indian Wells was extremely tough for Sabalenka
“It’s so beautiful outside! I want to play, I want to do tournaments. I’m tired of training or doing nothing. I need to go outside and play. Why couldn’t they just isolate me from the other players and let me play? I could keep my distance and stay away from everyone. But I guess it wouldn’t work well because we would always hit the same balls, and it could be dangerous,” Sabalenka said at the time.
Sabalenka is set to meet Paula Badosa in her WTA Finals opener.