Focus the key for Sabalenka
Australian Open champion Sabalenka has now notched up a 20-2 campaign. The match belief and conviction were on full display with a 6-3, 6-2 scoreline to dismiss Barbora Krejcikova.
"I think in the last two matches I won the first set and every time in the second set I would get crazy on court and talking to myself, lose it a little bit," said Sabalenka, who also gained revenge from Dubai over three sets at Indian Wells.
"Today I tried to stay focused no matter what, keep doing my thing, and focus on myself."
It's all clicking for No.2 seed Sabalenka and that's very much the case for world No.74 Sorana Cirstea.
They'll clash next and the Romanian will provide a stern test for Sabalenka, a quarter-finalist at Indian Wells a fortnight ago. The 32-year-old edged Marketa Vondrousova 7-6(3), 6-4 on Monday.