Elena Rybakina is the only player who has managed to win two WTA 1000 titles this year. Rybakina, 24, clinched her first WTA 1000 title in March, when she defeated Aryna Sabalenka 7-6 (11) 6-4 in the Indian Wells final. Two months later, Rybakina also won her second WTA 1000 title in Rome.
In the Rome final, Rybakina was 6-1 1-0 up on Anhelina Kalinina when the Ukrainian retired from the match due to an injury. On the WTA Tour, there are nine WTA 1000 tournaments. In the remaining seven WTA 1000 tournaments that took place this year, the winners were Barbora Krejcikova (Dubai), Petra Kvitova (Miami), Aryna Sabalenka (Madrid), Jessica Pegula (Montreal), Coco Gauff (Cincinnati), Maria Sakkari (Guadalajara) and Iga Swiatek (Beijing).
Rybakina was also close to winning some of those events as most notably she was beaten in the Miami final and also exited Montreal and Beijing in the semifinal stage.
Rybakina on winning her two WTA 1000 tournaments this year
After beating Sabalenka in the Indian Wells final, 24-year-old Rybakina used the word "amazing" to sum up her feelings. "Feels amazing.
It's been tough but really good two weeks for me here," Rybakina said after collecting her first WTA 1000 title in Indian Wells. Shortly after winning her first WTA 1000 title, Rybakina also landed her second title on the WTA 1000 level in Rome.
"Of course, happy with the title. Not the way I want to finish this match. It's been great, I think, results for Anhelina. She played some tough battles. Really happy for her improvement. Hopefully she can continue like this. Pity she couldn't finish the match.
I hope that it's nothing serious. So hopefully she can recover quick and she can continue like this," Rybakina said after winning Rome. Meanwhile, Rybakina is now preparing for her WTA Finals debut in Cancun.
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