Watch: Elena Rybakina bizarrely hits herself in leg, requires medical timeout

Rybakina was up big on Swiatek in the first set before unintentionally hitting herself in the leg.

by Dzevad Mesic
Watch: Elena Rybakina bizarrely hits herself in leg, requires medical timeout
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Elena Rybakina required a medical timeout due to a pretty unfortunate but also bizarre reason after hitting herself with the racket against Iga Swiatek in the Doha final. 

Leading 4-1 in the first set and serving for a 5-1 lead, Rybakina hit herself in the leg as she was finishing her serve. Since there was a cut and a little bit of blood, Rybakina required a medical timeout to get it fixed. The match was stopped mid-game and continued only after Rybakina received medical assistance. 

Here is how it looked:

Rybakina lost the next four games after the unfortunate incident

In the fifth game - the game in which Rybakina hit herself below the knee - the Kazakh had 30/15 on her serve before losing the next three points as Swiatek managed to get one break back. After losing one of her two early breaks, Rybakina had a chance to again go up by a double break in the sixth game but missed out on a break point as Swiatek managed to further cut the deficit to 3-4.

In the next two games, Swiatek's run continued as the Pole also got the second break back in the eighth game before saving a break point in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead. 

Just when it seemed the whole momentum was on Swiatek's side, Rybakina served out the 10th game and broke the Pole in the 11th game for a 6-5. But then, Rybakina failed to serve out for the first set as Swiatek managed to get the break back and force a tie-break.

Elena Rybakina
Elena Rybakina© Getty Images Sport - Clive Brunskill

In the first-set tie-break, Swiatek earned two consecutive set points after taking a 6-4 lead - but didn't convert as Rybakina responded by winning the next three points to take a 7-6 lead and clinch her first set point. Swiatek saved Rybakina's set point but also missed out on her third set point at 8-7. 

But Swiatek was able to keep her focus and earn her fourth set point at 9-8 and convert it to win a very tight opener against Rybakina.

Currently, the start of the second set is underway in the Swiatek and Rybakina match. 

Elena Rybakina