Elena Rybakina 'not happy' with Victoria Azarenka's behavior in Indian Wells match



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Elena Rybakina 'not happy' with Victoria Azarenka's behavior in Indian Wells match

World No. 20 Elena Rybakina felt her serve played a big role in her win over Victoria Azarenka as the Kazakh handed the former world No. 1 a 6-3 6-4 loss in the Indian Wells Masters third round. It was the first meeting between the two and Rybakina delivered to book a round-of-16 meeting against Viktorija Golubic.

"It was a tough match, but really happy that I won today," Rybakina said afterward, per the WTA website. "Today my serve was really, really good. It helped me a lot."

Rybakina was unhappy with Azarenka

Azarenka covered her shoulder in a kinesiology tape and at one point delayed play to take a moment for herself.

Rybakina wasn't thrilled with that, to say the least. "No one understood what happened. If she would call physio or doctor, it's one thing. But we stop for couple of minutes, then we continue to play. I guess the rules are not like this.

You have to give warning or something," Rybakina said, per Mario Boccardi. "I'm not saying I want something back for her, but it's just the rules. Also hitting the ball out of the stands, I just know what happens if I do it.

I know what's happening with other people. I just don't understand these things." Last month, Rybakina tested positive for COVID-19 and unfortunately she ended up dealing with major symptoms. “At night I felt really bad […] It was really, really tough.

In one week I think I lost four kilos. I had high fever. I really didn’t expect. I thought it’s going to be easier," Rybakina recalled. “Here is the first tournament I can say, yes, after corona I’m feeling much better.

I’m not coughing. Maybe physically, as I said, I didn’t have good preparation, didn’t practice much, but at least I’m very happy that now I can play”.