Aryna Sabalenka on stunning collapse versus Paula Badosa: Emotionally I went crazy

No. 1 seed Aryna Sabalenka made a positive start to her WTA Finals opener but then completely lost her focus and ended up getting dominated by seventh-seeded Paula Badosa.

Sabalenka broke Badosa in the sixth game to take a 4-2 first set lead but then blew three game points in the following game as the Spaniard broke back..

Sabalenka didn’t win a game in the rest of the match as, after falling 4-2 down in the first set, Badosa claimed five breaks in a row and won 10 consecutive to earn a 6-4 6-0 win.

Sabalenka admitted she never recovered after blowing three game points in the seventh game of the first set. 

“After I lost the serve, I was really disappointed in myself and emotionally I was, like, really crazy,” Sabalenka said after the match, per the WTA website. “I couldn’t just stop myself and kind of put myself back in the match.”

Badosa decided to go her shots against Sabalenka

Badosa, who recently captured her maiden Masters title in Indian Wells, started the match a bit passively. 

After falling down 4-2 in the first set, Badosa realized it was time to make changes. 

“In that moment maybe I was playing a little bit waiting what could happen and didn’t want to miss,” Badosa said. “Sometimes the more you doubt in these conditions, the more you miss. So in that moment I accept the moment. 

“I wasn’t happy with my service game. I said to myself, ‘OK, now you have to be as her level, aggressive, because she was being very aggressive.’ I wanted to play against her. Let’s see how it goes. Even though maybe it could go well, it could go bad. That’s what I did. I said, Now you have to change, stop waiting for her miss and go for it. That’s what I did.”

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