Aryna Sabalenka was spotted destroying a racquet in the dressing room after her US Open final defeat – and fans loved it.
The 25-year-old won the first set 6-2 but slipped to 6-3 and 6-2 losses in the second and third sets respectively as the 19-year-old Coco Gauff secured her first Grand Slam triumph.
Belarusian Sabalenka congratulated her opponent and smiled during the post-match media duties – before heading back inside.
Once there, she placed down her runner-up shield and smashed a racquet to leave marks on the floor before she calmed herself down.
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A fan said in response: "High key love this. Surprised rage rooms aren’t a raging startup idea yet. Expecting them to be the next cult."
A second added: "She's passionate, and this defeat will fuel her to future victories."
A third posted: "I love this. People saying senior professionals should know better just demonstrate that they have no idea what is required to compete at the highest levels of professional sport."
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Other comments fumed at the footage being released to the public with Sabalenka seemingly believing that she was in a private moment.
One of those read: "Moments like this shouldn't be recorded or shared. Everyone goes through frustrations and needs their private space to vent it out."
A fan replied: "I’m sorry she waited until she was alone to let out her frustration. We shouldn’t have access to a moment."
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Sabalenka ended the Grand Slam year as the most successful female player with a win at the Australian Open and semi-finals at the French Open and Wimbledon.
Her career earnings now sit at over £14million, with her No.1 ranking safe despite the defeat in the final.
She said on Twitter after the loss: "Tennis is a tough sport. Sometimes vou just have to learn to become better! Happy to have great people around me, Thank you my team for being there with me!"
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