Aryna Sabalenka's boyfriend once played for the Pittsburgh Penguins

Eve Edwards September 6, 2022
Aryna Sabalenka's boyfriend once played for the Pittsburgh Penguins
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Aryna Sabalenka had an extraordinary comeback against Danielle Collins at this year’s US Open, meaning she’s heading to the quarter-finals in New York – and her boyfriend Konstantin Koltsov is supporting her every step of the way.

On Monday, September 5, Aryna Sabalenka bounced back from a slow start against Danielle Collins, ultimately beating the American champ 3-6 6-3 6-2. This was despite the fact that Sabalenka had to rely on a medical timeout in the second set.

Konstantin Koltsov is supporting from afar, as he is not currently in the United States. When Sabalenka secured her win against Danielle Collins, Koltsov shared an Instagram Story of his partner with the caption: “Love your winning smile”.

Aryna Sabalenka’s boyfriend was a professional athlete

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Konstantin Koltsov knows all about the pressures of being a professional sportsperson, as he is a former professional ice hockey player.

Koltsov, 41, is from the Belarusian capital Minsk, just like his partner Sabalenka. His professional hockey career began in the late 1990s playing for Belarusian and Russian teams. But 1999 was the year that changed everything for Koltsov. That year, Koltsov was drafted into the American NHL in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. He was the Pittsburgh Penguins’ first round pick, 18th overall.

Konstantin Koltsov would play for the Penguins in the 2003-2004 season, playing in 82 games for the team. He became a free agent in 2006 and that year returned to Europe, heading to Russia to play for Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the Russian Super League.

The former ice hockey player officially retired from the sport in November 2016, at the age of 35.

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Aryna Sabalenka was previously engaged in 2019

Back in November 2019, Sabalenka, when she was just 21 years old, announced that she was engaged to be married. In a TV interview, the young tennis star revealed she was planning to tie the knot.

Dispelling suspicions that she was due to marry her former tennis coach, Dmitry Tursunov, Sabalenka stated that her previous fiancé was not from Belarus.

Aryna Sabalenka never revealed the identity of who she was set to wed, but if they weren’t from Belarus, it can’t’ve been her current boyfriend Konstantin Koltsov. Koltsov first shared an image of the couple to Instagram back in June 2021, so they have been together for over one year now.

Sabalenka hints she has no plans for a big white wedding

At the time of her engagement announcement, Aryna Sabalenka also hinted that she was not keen for a classic wedding celebration.

The tennis star hinted that the engagement was not a big deal.

“It’s just an engagement. I am a little bit against weddings, against it as an event like it is,” Sabalenka reportedly said at the time of her nuptials announcement.

Sabalenka has been spotted with a ring on her fourth finger, although it is unconfirmed whether this is a decorative piece or if things have become more serious with boyfriend Konstantin Koltsov. Check out the ring pic below:

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