Aryna Sabalenka has all of the weapons to win a Grand Slam however the Belarusian must strike a stability between unleashing the ability and choosing the safer shot, former world quantity 4 Jelena Dokic stated.
Sabalenka, 23, has received 10 titles on the WTA Tour and reached consecutive main semi-finals at Wimbledon and the US Open this yr. She received 45 matches in 2021, picked up two titles at Abu Dhabi and Madrid and rose to a career-high rating of second.
“I think she’s got the quality to do it, I think her game is massive,” Dokic, who retired from taking part in in 2014, advised the Australian Open web site.
“You have to have a weapon to win a Grand Slam, and she’s got quite a few of them. But I think for her it’s about balance. It’s about, at times, pulling back from what her natural instinct is, and harnessing those weapons in the right way. Even taking 20% off her groundstrokes, she would still hit massive shots.”
Before this yr’s Wimbledon Sabalenka had by no means made it previous the fourth spherical at a Grand Slam, prompting some to lift questions on her temperament.
Dokic stated Sabalenka had a bent to resort to energy when beneath strain, which contributes to her error rely. That seemed to be the case on the US Open, the place she double faulted twice whereas serving at 4-5 within the final set of her semi-final towards Leylah Fernandez.
Sabalenka would later ship a forehand lengthy for an additional unforced error handy the Canadian victory.
“I’m not saying that she shouldn’t be aggressive, but you just don’t need to take the unnecessary risk,” stated Australian Dokic, who made the final 4 at Wimbledon in 2000.
“If she can learn one thing from this year, that would be it. In those big moments, the worst thing you can do is hit 10 double faults, and hit 20 unforced errors, in a third set.”