Elena Rybakina's brutally honest confession about her calm demeanor

On the court, Rybakina rarely shows any emotion as she always looks pretty calm.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Elena Rybakina's brutally honest confession about her calm demeanor
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Elena Rybakina admits she can also feel nervousness or frustration but she just tries her best to hide and not show it on the court. 

Rybakina, 24, has been one of the best players in the game for the last two years but she is rarely showing positive or negative emotions on the court. No matter the situation, world No. 4 Rybakina always looks calm and pretty stoic on the court. 

After beating Linda Noskova in the Brisbane semifinal, the interviewer told Rybakina she looks very calm and relaxed and asked her if that's always the case. 

“Well no, I'm trying to hide it. Of course, inside I can be nervous or also frustrated. It can be a lot of emotions. I just try not to show it and try to focus on my game. Of course, I’m calmer than maybe some other players," Rybakina said in her on-court interview after her Brisbane semifinal win.

Elena Rybakina
Elena Rybakina© Getty Images Sport - Chris Hyde
 

Rybakina off to a strong start to 2024

At the Brisbane International, Rybakina started her 2024 season in a very impressive way, having reached the final without a dropped set. On Saturday, No. 2 seed Rybakina safely progressed into the Brisbane final after dismantling Noskova 6-3 6-2. 

En route to the Brisbane final, Rybakina has dropped just 12 games. So far this week, Rybakina has been looking absolutely great on the court. 

Elena Rybakina
Elena Rybakina© Getty Images Sport - Chris Hyde
 

But on Sunday, Rybakina will be facing a huge challenge as she is set to battle against world No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka for the Brisbane title. When Rybakina, 24, and 25-year-old Sabalenka meet in Brisbane, it will be their eighth meeting. Going into the match, Sabalenka owns a 5-2 head-to-head against Rybakina.

Last year, Rybakina and Sabalenka went 2-2 in their four meetings. Rybakina beat Sabalenka in the Indian Wells final and the Beijing quarterfinal, while the Belarus defeated the Kazakh in the Australian Open final and also during the group stage of the WTA Finals. It remains to be seen if Rybakina can beat Sabalenka for the third time on Sunday and start her season with the Brisbane title.

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