Elena Rybakina details why her calm, stoic demeanor may be confusing her rivals



by DZEVAD MESIC

Elena Rybakina details why her calm, stoic demeanor may be confusing her rivals
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World No 5 Elena Rybakina thinks her calm and stoic demeanor may be confusing her opponents at times because she is basically not giving them anything. Rybakina, the 2022 Wimbledon champion, rarely reacts to anything on the court and she is also almost never showing any emotion.

That has worked well for Rybakina so far as the 24-year-old Kazakh is a Grand Slam champion, has won two WTA 1000 titles, and is now widely regarded as one of the best in the game. Addressing her calm demeanor, Rybakina believes it is her advantage because rivals never know what makes her happy or upset.

“I'm trying to be calm and not show if I'm upset or angry... No matter the situation. It helps me and maybe also sometimes confuses the opponents, especially in the beginning when nobody knew me. It took them longer to figure out my weak spots.

Maybe other players are too angry or are showing too many emotions. They work to become calmer, for me it’s the opposite which is a bit rare... If I’m not playing well and the shots aren’t working, I need to show my opponent I’m still there and I’m still fighting.

This is something I’m trying to work on and something I need to improve," Rybakina said on the Mind Set Win podcast.

Rybakina's Wimbledon triumph reaction went viral

Moments after beating Ons Jabeur in the 2022 Wimbledon final, Rybakina celebrated with a fist bump and also showed a little smile.

Then, Rybakina shook Jabeur's hands and went to her chair. Wimbledon is the most iconic tennis tournament and players usually absolutely lose it after winning a Grand Slam or specifically Wimbledon. But Rybakina reacted very calmly and her reaction went viral.

Afterward, Rybakina admitted that she didn't even know how to react. "I didn’t know what to do. It was shocking. I don’t know, maybe because I believe that I can do it deep inside. But at the same time it’s, like, too many emotions. I was just trying to keep myself calm," Rybakina said.

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