Elena Rybakina Opens Up About Challenging Times After Wimbledon Victory

Elena Rybakina faced immense self-doubt and a sense of not belonging among the top players following her surprise Wimbledon win in the summer of 2022. Despite her remarkable Grand Slam victory over Ons Jabeur at the age of 23, Rybakina wasn’t considered a favorite for the title before the tournament.

Ranked in the mid-20s, her ranking remained stagnant due to the WTA’s removal of all ranking points for Wimbledon. This led to Rybakina being scheduled on outside courts in subsequent WTA 1000 tournaments and the 2022 US Open, where she didn’t perform as expected.

Reflecting on her post-Wimbledon struggles, Rybakina confessed, “It wasn’t easy to overcome this win. Of course, after winning a title, you’re filled with self-doubt, wondering if it was a fluke. In my case, it was different because I didn’t gain the points. There were high expectations, with many eyes on me, yet I didn’t feel like a top player.”

Rybakina shared her experience on the Mind Set Win podcast, emphasizing the challenges she faced during this demanding period.

In 2023, Rybakina Undoubtedly Affirmed Her True Potential

In the early stages of the 2023 season, Elena Rybakina displayed her Grand Slam prowess once more at the Australian Open. Although she came tantalizingly close to securing her second Grand Slam title, Aryna Sabalenka mounted a comeback from a set down to deny the Kazakh in the final.

Following her impressive Australian Open performance, Rybakina achieved a significant career milestone by entering the top 10 for the first time.

Over the subsequent months, Rybakina continued to shine, capturing her first WTA 1000 titles at Indian Wells and Rome. Her consistent success propelled her to the world No. 5 ranking, firmly establishing her as one of the premier athletes in women’s tennis.



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