Elena Rybakina rips and accuses the Miami Open board!

The Kazakh complained about the placement of her matches during the fortnight in Florida

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Elena Rybakina rips and accuses the Miami Open board!
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The final reached at the Miami Open left a bittersweet feeling for Elena Rybakina, who was defeated by Danielle Collins, but who seems to have finally left behind all the physical problems of the last few weeks.

In fact, the Kazakh seems to have brilliantly overcome the intestinal troubles that forced her to left the WTA in Dubai and give up the WTA 1000 in Indian Wells.

At the press conference, the Kazakh underlined how complicated it was to manage the match, also due to the support for the US player.

"Obviously I expected the crowd to be more supportive of her but I think they were supportive of me, especially in the more difficult moments when I was trying to come back. There was a nice atmosphere, it's not something I focused on. It was great playing up front," she told.

However, Rybakina complained about the placement of her matches and, at the last press conference, she harshly attacked the organizers of the Miami Open.

"No, I definitely didn't feel 100%. After the match with Maria Sakkari she was very tough physically. It wasn't an easy tournament. The first games I played were late at night, at the end of the day, and I went to sleep around 2 or 3 in the morning.

Then I had a few meetings during the day, so the program varied too much. It doesn't help for recovery. There were some very difficult challenges, some of which I won with a bit of luck. Obviously I didn't expect to be fresh for the final, she played very well and she deserved to win," she analyzed.

Elena played in the third final of the season after Abu Dhabi and Qatar but on this occasion she had to surrender to her opponent US, too eager to take away the satisfaction of winning a prestigious tournament in her native Florida, in the year of her retirement from tennis for Health problems.

Elena Rybakina
Elena Rybakina© Elsa / Staff Getty Images Sport
 

Meanwhile, her opponent Danielle Collins confirms her retirement from tennis and explains the reasons

"It's a dream come true to play at the level I played at in this tournament. It was a real adventure for me. I reached my first WTA 1000 final at the age of 30, it was a different path to what I had experienced. It was incredible to go on the pitch and feel the energy of the fans, impressive.

I will never forget this day for this very reason. Everywhere I looked, there were people cheering me on. It was hard to hide the emotion from all the support. We live for these kinds of moments, it was really special."

Danielle Collins was visibly emotional after winning her first career WTA 1000, in front of her crowd, who supported her from the first day of the Miami Open to the final.

Danielle Collins
Danielle Collins© Elsa / Staff Getty Images Sport
 

At the press conference, when asked if this statement could make her reconsider her farewell to tennis, the American replied: No.

"Thanks anyway. I feel like these kind of questions come from a positive side, a lot of people would like to continue watching me play.
As I said, I have some health problems and that makes things more difficult off the court. I hope everyone can respect that, it's something very personal. I always wanted to win every competition I entered, but now I think about it because it's my last year.

I really wa nted to try to win my first WTA 1000 this year, it's something really important for me. It's something I've talked about quite a bit with my inner circle. I wanted to give everything, show my best tennis. I'm happy that I was able to solve some physical problems necessary to reach the best version of me," she explained.

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