"Playing that match, the whole tournament felt like a surprise to me. I wasn't expecting the final here either, but I just think then I was really winning and just relieved that I made it to a final because so many people expected a lot of things from me," mused the American.
"I think I just didn't really believe that I had it in me, especially at the time playing Iga, who was on a winning streak and everything.
"But this time around, I have been focusing more on myself and my expectations of myself. I really believe that now I have the maturity and ability to do it. You know, regardless of what happens on Saturday, I'm really proud of how I have been handling the last few weeks."
Hang on, Coco isn't done yet, just like Sabalenka there's a champion's mindset in there.
"The final is an incredible achievement but it's something that I'm not satisfied with yet."
It's showtime on Saturday night.