MELBOURNE, Australia — Reigning Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina leaves Melbourne Park along with her head held excessive and her eyes firmly centered forward. The 23–year-old narrowly misplaced out on a second main title in seven months after shedding to World No.5 Aryna Sabalenka 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 within the Australian Open remaining on Saturday night time.
“I believe Aryna raised her stage within the second set,” Rybakina mentioned. “She performed very well, aggressive, a bit much less errors. I ought to have been additionally extra aggressive in some moments.
“I had some probabilities, for certain, to show it round. However she performed very well at this time. She was robust mentally, bodily.”
Having paved her strategy to her second main remaining with wins over World No.1 Iga Swiatek, Jelena Ostapenko, and Victoria Azarenka, Rybakina is about to make her Prime 10 debut on Monday.
“I do not suppose I will really feel completely different simply due to the rating,” Rybakina instructed reporters after the Australian Open remaining.
“However for certain it is going to be completely different on the smaller tournaments, I’d say. I will be seeded. Possibly in some tournaments I am not going to play first spherical. So in fact there may be some advantages out of this.”
After a whirlwind run to the Wimbledon title final summer time, Rybakina mentioned replicating the feat of a significant remaining so quickly after was an enormous confidence booster.
“I am attempting to not take into consideration expectations and all the pieces,” Rybakina mentioned. “Nonetheless after a fantastic pre-season like this I used to be pondering I ought to present it on the court docket. Then, in fact, the outcomes are going to be there.
“I believe ultimately it is simply confidence to go ahead, to maintain on working. I really feel now good bodily additionally. I do know if I will carry on working, the outcomes are going to be there.”
“That is the purpose, to be within the second week of all of the Grand Slam, to play finals.”
Whereas her efforts over the course of the high-quality, intense, 2-hour and 28-minute remaining left her aching throughout, Rybakina was proud to be part of top-of-the-line main finals in recent times.
“I’d say that not many women can put me actually beneath the strain. In opposition to her, it isn’t simple as a result of she has a fantastic serve and he or she performs actually aggressive. Her ball is coming very heavy. There’s possibly few women who performs like this.
“I simply know that I’ve to serve properly. It is also strain ultimately. As quickly as I’ve a possibility, take it. At the moment I had some alternatives. Did not take. The match did not go my method.
“I believe high quality of the match was good. It was very highly effective recreation from each of us. I believe it is simply not many highly effective gamers there may be on tour. Possibly this sort of [tennis is] pushing the opposite gamers to be extra aggressive.
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