“Are You Getting Fined for This?”: Elena Rybakina Blasts Chair Umpire During Aryna Sabalenka Clash at Wimbledon

Published 07/05/2021, 8:05 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 5, 2021 Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina in action during her fourth round match against Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka REUTERS/Peter Nicholls


Elena Rybakina had a huge outburst at the chair umpire in her fourth-round match against World No.4 Aryna Sabalenka at Wimbledon Championships 2021. The match was at a crucial juncture in the third set, as Rybakina was furious with a call from the umpire.

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At one set all and trailing 1-0 in the third, Rybakina served at 30-30. The Kazakh player hit a furious ace, however, Sabalenka challenged. It revealed to be in, however, instead of awarding the point to Rybakina, the chair umpire decided to replay the point. That was a shock to many as Sabalenka didn’t do well to return the serve.

Elena Rybakina in action during her fourth round match against Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

So Rybakina was furious and questioned the chair umpire. She promptly asked the umpire as she had been wrongly docked a point. Rybakina was then forced to serve again and lost the point as Sabalenka then saw a break point. But Rybakina saved it and won the game to level the third set, 1-1.

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‘You’re taking the point away from me! You’re taking the point away from me for no reason!…If I break the racquet I’m going to get fined. And you? Are you getting fined for this?,” Rybakina said.

How did the match transpire between Rybakina and Sabalenka at Wimbledon?

Rybakina was on the back foot when the match started. She did break Sabalenka however lost her advantage quickly in the first set. After 2-2 in the first set, Sabalenka was strong and never gave a break point to her opponent. Sabalenka broke Rybakina three times to clinch the first set, 6-3.

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Being behind, Rybakina started well and broke Sabalenka in the first game of the second set. However, Sabalenka would come back and level it 3-3. But the Belarusian’s erratic hitting saw her fall behind Rybakina again. Rybakina quickly broke Sabalenka again to lead 4-3 and later served out the second set, 6-4.

Aryna Sabalenka celebrates winning her fourth round match against Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

The third set was evenly poised and the chair umpire incident happened at 1-0. That incident didn’t have any adverse effect as Sabalenka was put in a spot of bother at 2-2. But the World No.4 held on and put forth a lead of 4-3. From 3-3, Sabalenka picked up 12 points in a row to win the match and reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinals at Wimbledon, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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