In pre quarter finals (round of 16) Sabalenka failed to capitalize the advantage she had over Swiss Belinda Bencic. This is clearly an upset as Aryna Sabalenka is currently in WTA rank 9, but Bencic is 45 and unseeded in the Dubai Open itself.
It is to be called as a match of the tournament, spectators were expecting Aryna Sabalenka to be emerged as winner till end of the game. Though she had six match points in decider, but unable to utilize the opportunity against Bencic.
Finally Sabalenka surrendered the match to Bencic 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7) and failed to reach quarter finals.
Finally she quoted “I’ve learned that something constructive comes from every defeat”