Elena Rybakina’s primary aspiration is to attain the coveted title of World No. 1 in tennis, with a continual emphasis on performing well in the Grand Slam tournaments.
Former Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina expressed her dedication to securing the top ranking, while underscoring her ongoing commitment to excel in Grand Slam competitions.
Despite a strong start at the Australian Open this year, where she reached the runner-up position, Rybakina encountered setbacks later in the season due to injuries and illness.
As the first player from Kazakhstan to win a Grand Slam, Rybakina faced health challenges during pivotal tournaments, such as withdrawing from the French Open’s third round due to respiratory illness and pulling out of the Eastbourne International, a Wimbledon warm-up, due to a viral infection.z z z z z z z
During a conversation with Kazakh news channel Gulf News, Rybakina outlined her objectives for the 2024 season.
“My main goal is, of course, to become the world No. 1 someday, but my priority is always to perform well in the Grand Slams. So, I believe the goals remain quite consistent,” shared the World No. 4 with Gulf News.
Rybakina acknowledged areas for improvement, stating, “I want to enhance my physical condition because this aspect has always been a bit weaker for me. On the court, there’s so much to improve that we often don’t have sufficient time to implement my coach’s guidance.”
Anticipating a challenging season in 2024, especially with the addition of the Olympics in Paris, Rybakina reflected on the demanding schedule.
“Yes, it’s going to be tough,” acknowledged the 2022 Wimbledon Champion.
In the 2023 season, Elena Rybakina, known for her powerful serves, clinched two titles. She emerged victorious at the Indian Wells Open, a WTA-1000 tournament, defeating Aryna Sabalenka and reaching a career-high ranking of No. 7.
Additionally, Rybakina secured her first WTA-1000 clay court title at the Italian Open in Rome, where her opponent, Anhelina Kalinina, retired in the second set. Despite reaching the Miami Open final, she fell to World No. 15 Petra Kvitova, missing the chance to complete the ‘Sunshine Double.’
Notably, Rybakina became the third player in the Open Era to reach the final in the same season at the Australian Open, Indian Wells, Miami Open, and Rome, following in the footsteps of Monica Seles in 1991 and Maria Sharapova in 2012.