Elena Rybakina reveals the reason behind her impressive Wimbledon campaign
World No. 23 Elena Rybakina is enjoying her best run at Wimbledon and she believes arriving at the tournament relaxed and without too much pressure is one of the main reasons for her strong run at the Championships. The 2022 season hasn’t exactly been easy for Rybakina, having struggled with COVID and allergies this year.
Prior to Wimbledon, Rybakina suffered a round of 16 defeat at ‘s-Hertogenbosch and then lost their first match at Eastbourne. Rybakina came to Wimbledon with a 1-2 record on grass but has now reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals after winning four matches in straight sets.
On Monday, Rybakina beat Petra Martic 7-5 6-3 to set up an Ajla Tomljanovic quarter-final.
Rybakina: I arrived relaxed and I’m still relaxed
“This year I would say I didn’t start well. I wasn’t so confident because I didn’t have a good preparation.
I got injured, got sick in Paris and couldn’t recover,” Rybakina said, according to the WTA website. “[But] maybe also something help me a bit. I was more relaxed. I’m even more relaxed, enjoying my time here. Yes, I knew that the preparation is not the greatest.
I didn’t feel well the other months. I had allergies, Covid earlier this year. Problems kept happening. So now I’m just happy that no matter how I play, maybe it’s not the best physical shape, in terms of shooting, but overall I’m just happy that I managed to win those close matches.”
Rybakina, who is 6ft 0in, says she keeps it simple as she has long understood what her style of play should be. “I have never compared myself to anyone. I just know that I have this gift. I I’m tall and I play very fast.
It’s effortless, I would say. It’s not something I work on in the gym or anything like that. It’s my weapon, and I just try to use it as much as possible,” Rybakina said of his style of play. Rybakina and Tomljanovic are set to meet for the second time as the Kazakh beat the Australian in Madrid last year.