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Sabalenka needs to find balance for major success, says Dokic

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Nov 24 (Reuters) – Aryna Sabalenka has all of the weapons to win a Grand Slam however the Belarusian needs to strike a balance between unleashing the facility and opting for the safer shot, former world quantity 4 Jelena Dokic mentioned.

Sabalenka, 23, has gained 10 titles on the WTA Tour and reached consecutive major semi-finals at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open this yr.

She gained 45 matches in 2021, picked up two titles at Abu Dhabi and Madrid and rose to a career-high rating of second.

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“I think she’s got the quality to do it, I think her game is massive,” Dokic, who retired from enjoying in 2014, informed the Australian Open website. “You have to have a weapon to win a Grand Slam, and she’s got quite a few of them.

“But I feel for her it is about balance. It’s about, at instances, pulling again from what her pure intuition is, and harnessing these weapons in the fitting means. Even taking 20% off her groundstrokes, she would nonetheless hit large photographs.”

Before this year’s Wimbledon Sabalenka had never made it past the fourth round at a Grand Slam, prompting some to raise questions about her temperament.

Dokic said Sabalenka had a tendency to resort to power when under pressure, which contributes to her error count.

That appeared to be the case at the U.S. Open, where she double faulted twice while serving at 4-5 in the last set of her semi-final against Leylah Fernandez.

Sabalenka would later send a forehand long for another unforced error to hand the Canadian victory.

“I’m not saying that she should not be aggressive, however you simply do not want to take the pointless danger,” said Australian Dokic, who made the last four at Wimbledon in 2000.

“If she will study one factor from this yr, that might be it. In these large moments, the worst factor you are able to do is hit 10 double faults, and hit 20 unforced errors, in a 3rd set.”

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Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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Tennis - WTA Tour Finals - Panamerican Tennis Center, Guadalajara, Mexico - November 15, 2021 Belarus' Aryna Sabalenka reacts during her group stage match against Greece's Maria Sakkari REUTERS/Carlos Perez Gallardo

Tennis - WTA Tour Finals - Panamerican Tennis Center, Guadalajara, Mexico - November 15, 2021 Belarus' Aryna Sabalenka reacts during her group stage match against Greece's Maria Sakkari REUTERS/Carlos Perez Gallardo

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