Elena Rybakina seeks new energy: "I need to unplug from tennis"

The Kazakh, at the press conference, analyzed the defeat in the Roland Garros quarters against Jasmine Paolini

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Elena Rybakina seeks new energy: "I need to unplug from tennis"
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Elena Rybakina came out of the Roland Garros quarters against Jasmine Paolini very disappointed, especially with how things went at the end of the second set and the beginning of the third set. At the end of the meeting with the Italian tennis player, Rybakina revealed st the press conference that she intended to unplug a bit and take her time to better prepare for the grass season, which will see her as one of the biggest favorites at Wimbledon.

"It wasn't the result I was looking for, but I had a good few weeks. Now I can't wait for the grass season to start. She started well and I tried to get back into the game, but it wasn't one of my best days. Now it's time to focus on the grass Tour. I will continue to follow the tournament, but I need to take a break from tennis," she explained.

Elena Rybakina
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The number of errors made by Kazakhstan in the semi-final is a sobering fact. Despite the 48 unforced hits hit by the naturalized Kazakh tennis player during the match against Paolini, there was never a moment of emotional tension on her side of the court. It must be said that Rybakina also took the same attitude when she won her first Slam at Wimbledon in 2022. A personality that tends to hide both good and bad emotions and could represent both a strength and a a weakness.

This time, the 24-year-old found an opponent always ready to fight. Paolini believed in her possibilities even in the moments of greatest difficulty and in the decisive moment she courageously reached the first Slam semifinal of her career.

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