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Sabalenka is ‘super motivated’ to stay on top.

Aryna Sabalenka, the newly crowned world number one, said Friday that she is “super motivated” to end the year on top as she prepares to participate in the China Open in Beijing.

This month, the Belarusian lost the US Open Final to native prodigy Coco Gauff, but he has found solace in getting to the top of the rankings for the first time.

But the 25-year-old is not content to stop there.

“It’s also about finishing the year as world number one and staying there as long as (I) can,” Sabalenka said in response to a question from AFP.

“It’s good that I was able to achieve this goal, but there’s another goal and so I’m super motivated right now,” she said.

“The expectation here in Beijing is to bring my best tennis and do everything I can on court.”

The China Open is being held for the first time since 2019 after Beijing abandoned its stringent zero-Covid policy.

The women’s tour has also returned to China after its global governing body ended its boycott of the country.

The Women’s Tennis Association had halted its engagements there after Chinese player Peng Shuai accused a top government official of sexual assault in 2021.

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