Elena Rybakina brushes aside criticism: "I can win on any surface"

The Kazakh is confident she can win the Roland Garros

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Elena Rybakina brushes aside criticism: "I can win on any surface"
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"I'm really happy with all the games I played in Stuttgart this week, especially the final. When I woke up, honestly, I didn't feel that fresh physically.
I felt several pains after the first steps. But I also think you have to get used to this kind of pain."

Elena Rybakina, in a press conference, explained all the efforts needed to win the WTA tournament in Stuttgart.

"It's not always ideal to push yourself physically for all these matches. Winning them, however, allows me to find the best form. However, I prefer to be 100% ready, because the preparation for the clay season was too short. I started well on clay and I hope to continue like this. I have to have this patience during long rallies for the rest of the tournaments,” she said.

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Rybakina is convinced that she too can triumph at the Roland Garros.

"I always believe in myself, but it's not all up to me. There are many great players on clay. But if I'm physically fit and if I stay healthy, I have the chance to win Slams on any surface," she explained.

Elena Rybakina is playing a very good 2024

Despite some physical problems, 2024 is bringing great satisfaction to Elena Rybakina.

In fact, no one has won more matches and titles than the Kazakh tennis player on the WTA Tour this year. The 24-year-old has conquered the Brisbane International, the Abu Dhabi Open, the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix and reached the final in both Doha and Miami.

Her latest success came in Stuttgart, where Rybakina played three very tough matches before dominating the title match against Marta Kostyuk. Her victory in the third set against Iga Swiatek in the semifinal certainly gave her greater confidence.

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