Here is Elena Rybakina's projected path to winning Brisbane in debut

Rybakina is the second-seeded player in the Brisbane draw.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Here is Elena Rybakina's projected path to winning Brisbane in debut
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World No. 4 Elena Rybakina has learned her potential path to winning the Brisbane International. Rybakina, 24, is set to make her debut in Brisbane.

Rybakina, seeded at No. 2, has a first-round bye in Brisbane. In her tournament opener, Rybakina will be clashing against an Australian player - either wildcard Kim Birrell or qualifier Olivia Gadecki.

In the Brisbane round-of-16, Rybakina could meet No. 13 seed Elise Mertens or even 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens. In the quarterfinal, Rybakina is projected to meet No. 6 seed Veronika Kudermetova.

In the bottom part of the Brisbane draw, Rybakina and seventh-seeded Ekaterina Alexandrova are projected to battle for a Brisbane final spot. If there are no major surprises, Rybakina and No. 1 seed Aryna Sabalenka should meet in the Brisbane final.

Elena Rybakina and Aryna Sabalenka
Elena Rybakina and Aryna Sabalenka© Getty Images Sport - Graham Denholm
 

Can Rybakina win it all in her Brisbane debut?

Over the last few years, Australia has been a good spot for Rybakina. In 2022, Rybakina started her season by reaching the Adelaide International final. That year, Rybakina fell just short of starting the season with a title after losing to Ashleigh Barty in the final. 

In 2023, Rybakina didn't really get off to a great start to her Australian swing. After losing to Marta Kostyuk in the Adelaide 1 round-of-16 in her first tournament of the season, she was also beaten by Danielle Collins in her opener at Adelaide 2. 

Rybakina maybe didn't play well at the start of the 2023 Australian summer but she still managed to do extremely well at the Australian Open, where she made her second Grand Slam final. 12 months ago, Rybakina reached the Australian Open final - she was up by a set against Sabalenka - before the Belarusian stormed back to win in three sets. 

Going into this year's Brisbane edition, Rybakina is undoubtedly one of the favorites for the title. It remains to be seen if Rybakina can start the 2024 season with a title in Brisbane.

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