‘Feel Like I’m Not the Wimbledon Champion’- Elena Rybakina Blasts Top-Tier WTA Leadership for Not Recognizing Her Efforts

Published 08/27/2022, 6:50 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 9, 2022 Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina poses with the trophy after winning the women’s singles final against Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur REUTERS/Toby Melville

Wimbledon Champion Elena Rybakina is eyeing her second Glam Slam title of the season. But what’s stopping her? For the past few days, she is surrounded by constant controversies over her roots. Recently, Rybakina opened up about feeling not so good about her Wimbledon ranking. 

Until this year’s Wimbledon Championships, Rybakina had never made it past the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament. In the Wimbledon women’s singles championship match, she triumphed over Ons Jabeur.

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Elena Rybakina expresses her disagreement with her ranking snub

Elena Rybakina opened up in an interview about winning the biggest title of her career and said, “I would say [winning Wimbledon] was a great achievement for me. But experience-wise I would say it was not the greatest.” Due to the All England Club not awarding ranking points, Rybakina’s rating has dropped to 25th in the world despite her triumph. Rybakina, who was born in Russia, currently represents Kazakhstan.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Women’s Singles – Quarterfinal – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 28, 2021. Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan reacts during her quarterfinal match against Garbine Muguruza of Spain REUTERS/Edgar Su

The reigning Wimbledon Champion expressed her resentment toward the WTA leaders for not awarding ranking points, as she is still outside the top 20 in the WTA’s yearly race rather than being ranked considerably higher. Notably, her disappointment reflects the fact that she was not awarded any ranking points, as Russian and Belarusian players were banned from the competition.

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Further, she went on to question the structure of the tour and addressed “I think this is the problem of the structure of the tour. Honestly, a bit weak leadership because we have so many things going on,” in women’s sports. She also added, “Of course, it’s not nice. But in the end, I know the goal is to win. It gives more motivation, keep on winning … It’s a pity. I feel like I’m not the Wimbledon champion.”

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Russian-born Rybakina won her first grand slam

A few months ago, Rybakina won the women’s singles Wimbledon championship, earning Kazakhstan its first grand slam victory. However, she not only became the first athlete from her country to win a grand slam title, but also became the youngest Wimbledon champion since 2011.

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In three sets, Rybakina defeated world No.3 Ons Jabeur, overcoming her first set disappointment to triumph 3-6 6-2 6-2. On the other hand, Jabeur, had she won, would’ve made history by being the first Arab or African player to win a grand slam title. Next, Elena Rybakina will be seen playing at the US Open.

Do you agree with the views of Rybakina? Will she have a similar impact in Flushing Meadows?

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Pratishtha Prakash

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Pratishtha Prakash is a Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports. She has completed her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media and Journalism from MIT ADT University, Pune. Being a sports enthusiast, she has a keen interest in tennis, cricket and esports.

Edited By: Tony Thomas

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