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Aryna Sabalenka smashes racket in frustration and tosses it in bin in behind scenes footage after US Open final defeat


Aryna Sabalenka let out her frustrations behind the scenes after losing the US Open final to Coco Gauff.

The Belarusian was emotional after the 2-6 6-3 6-2 loss to the home favourite.

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Sabalenka smashed her racket in the warm-up areaCredit: YouTube – Eurosport

She was gracious on the court to her 19-year-old opponent as she was close to tears.

The television cameras caught Sabalenka letting out her frustrations once she had left the court.

Eurosport published a video showing the 25-year-old smashing a racket in the warm-up area before then calmly throwing it in the bin.

Sabalenka had every right to be frustrated as she threw away a one set lead against Gauff.

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She started the match well in the fierce atmosphere inside the Arthur Ashe Stadium as her every error was met with a booming cheer.

The new world number one was given a brilliant ovation by the crowd in her speech after the match was over.

She joked: “You guys could have supported [me] like this during the match.”

In her post-match press conference, Sabalenka added: “The crowd? I didn’t play against the crowd, I received many messages of support when I was here, but obviously in the final the crowd supported her and not me.

Sabalenka was emotional after losing the final to Gauff

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Sabalenka was emotional after losing the final to GauffCredit: AFP

“She is 19 years old , she’s American and she’s playing a Grand Slam final, all of this is incredible and that’s why tonight we can say that she wrote history. I expected this atmosphere, I didn’t want to react to the public because I knew they would charge even more, but she felt comfortable with herself and it showed on the court.

“Sometimes I get too emotional, today on the pitch I thought too much and made so many absurd mistakes. In the second set I made a lot of it and I helped her not only to get back into the match but also to make her believe she could win.

“It was a challenge against myself. Overall it’s a huge achievement and I’m proud of myself. Now my goal is to finish the season in first position, reach the top and stay there.”





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