Elena Rybakina grabs a huge milestone at Wimbledon

The Kazakh tennis player, who qualified for the quarterfinals of the Championships after Kalinskaya's withdrawal, sets an incredible new record

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Elena Rybakina grabs a huge milestone at Wimbledon
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Elena Rybakina remained the highest seed in the women's singles at Wimbledon, after her victory over Lady Sinner Anna Kalinskaya in the 4th, which came after the Russian's withdrawal in the second set. Kalinskaya began to suffer problems with her arm and forearm already halfway through the first set: a physical problem that came while she was playing excellent tennis.

Rybakina has thus reached the quarterfinals, where she will challenge Elina Svitolina in what will be a super match. The Kazakh is now the natural favorite to win the tournament and, with the victory over Kalinskaya, Elena grabbed a very remarkable milestone. In the last 20 matches played at Wimbledon, she got 18 wins and only two losses. She is the 3rd women's tennis player to have a 90% win rate at Wimbledon women's singles, in the Open Era.

As mentioned, Rybakina is the highest-ranked tennis player left in the quarterfinals, as well as the only women's singles player left to have won Wimbledon at least once in her career. A double-sided situation: Elena is now the favorite to win, but she has all the pressure and expectations on her. However, in the on-court interview she revealed that she does not feel any pressure.

"I really enjoy every time I step on the court. I'm happy to go far in the draw. I hope I can go all the way to the end. I don't feel pressure. I think every opponent is difficult. I know I always have to give my best. That's what I try to do in every match. My serve helped me a lot. Especially when the roof is closed and there's no wind. It's perfect for my game. I'm really happy with how I played the last two matches. I'm really enjoying myself here. Thank you guys so much for coming and supporting us," she said.

Elena Rybakina
Elena Rybakina© Julian Finney / Staff Getty Images Sport

On Kalinskaya's withdrawal, she added: "I know she was struggling with a couple of injuries. If it's her wrist, obviously it's very difficult to continue playing. I just wish her a speedy recovery. It's definitely not the way I wanted to end. Anna is a great player."

Anna Kalinskaya and Elena Rybakina
Anna Kalinskaya and Elena Rybakina© Getty Images Sport - Julian Finney

Elena then analyzed in the press conference how things have changed since her victory at Wimbledon 2022. The Kazakh naturally emphasized how things have actually changed for her, considering how she felt nervous at the beginning and then, slowly, more and more at ease.

"If I'm nervous now it's only for a few matches, not like in 2022 when I played against Ons and it was a full set where I couldn't manage my emotions. I was too nervous. And then slowly, slowly I started to feel better. With all the experiences, now I enjoy myself more on the court, I've definitely changed a lot compared to when I won Wimbledon in 2022. I've gained a lot more experience. Before going further in the draw I was quite nervous in 2022. Now I feel more confident in playing match by match. It's different, but at the same time when you go on the court you're still a bit nervous. Now with all the experiences I enjoy myself much more on the court," she told.

The media present at the press conference then asked Rybakina a curious question, asking if she will one day do a celebration like a loud scream, on the court.

"I don't know, I think it depends a lot on the match and how it goes! So far I haven't had any crazy celebrations. So maybe one day you guys will see each other," she said, before talking about the record she now shares with Steffi Graf and Ann Jones, the only three women's players in the Open era to have a 90% win percentage at Wimbledon in singles: "I think it's great to be there and I'm really happy to show good tennis on grass. I didn't know about these statistics. I know I've won a lot on grass. But it's nice to be next to these names with these statistics."

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