Elena Rybakina on 'doubts', Wimbledon and the Australian Open

“Of course, Wimbledon was a great result but you have these doubts, like, maybe it was just luck"

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Elena Rybakina on 'doubts', Wimbledon and the Australian Open

In an interview with Eurosport, Elena Rybakina talked about various topics. One of the topics was her winning Wimbledon last year. Despite the victory, Rybakina had some doubts about herself. “Of course, Wimbledon was a great result but you have these doubts, like, maybe it was just luck, or it was a really good draw or something.

So you have kind of these thoughts,”-Rybakina said. The final of the Australian Open showed that nothing is a 'coincidence' She is especially proud of her victory over Iga Swiatek. “That was a great result. It just gives you more confidence to play other tournaments"- she said.

She spoke again about 'doubts' when things don't go your way. In addition, Rybakina did not get points from Wimbledon, so she tried to play in as many tournaments as possible. “I think, of course, when you don’t play the way you wanted to play, you don’t have the results which you kind of expect maybe after, [the doubts creep in],” she said.
“The scheduling was really tough for me because I didn’t get the points [from Wimbledon] so I was chasing the WTA Finals and I was trying to play many tournaments.

Of course, after Wimbledon, many things happened and it was not easy to go and play everything; my preparation for hard courts was also cut. It’s just experience at the end of the day, every week we play, it’s something new you learn about yourself”.

Elena Rybakina and outside court

Many were surprised when Rybakina was assigned an outside court. She is not particularly concerned about these things. “This time, I would say I wasn’t surprised because I think I was doing really well the past three years, if you check the results, and there was always something you cannot control; whether it was Covid or something else, you can get injured here or there, so many things are always happening.

So with all this experience, I would say this time I really didn’t care on which court I’ll play.
Before, of course, you think, ‘Oh, I would prefer to play somewhere else’ but this time, with all the experience, I was ready to play anywhere”.

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