Aryna Sabalenka made a stunning comeback against Spanish qualifier Sara Sorribes Tormo on Friday to reach the semi-finals of the Ostrava Open WTA tournament. The mighty Belarusian lost the first ten games to Sorribes and came to another losing point. But she miraculously recovered as she suddenly began to find the court with her groundstrokes and went on to win 0-6, 6-4, 6-0 in the next 12 games.
"I just wanted to win at least one game," Sabalenka said while laughing.
"Everything went like I wasn't on the court. I was out of the game and I didn't know why. Then I cooled down a bit, took one step back and tried to put a little bit more balls back and go through her backhand. After I won three games in a row I knew this was a good sign and if I keep going the same way, I'll find my game. And that's what happened," Sabalenka added.
"She started really, really well and I needed to adjust a bit, and she played some really great points, I didn't feel like I was doing much wrong, she was just hitting a lot of winners. In there I tried to apply more pressure, to be aggressive, to take the opportunities when I can. And I served really well today" said Aryna Sabalenka, two-time Australian Open champion.
Sabalenka will face Jennifer Brady in the semi-finals, who defeated Veronika Kudermetova 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 6-1.