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Ons Jabeur beats champion Elena Rybakina to reach Wimbledon semis | Tennis News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Tunisian tennis player Ons Jabeur avenged her defeat in last year's final by staging a comeback and defeating third-seeded defending champion Elena Rybakina from Kazakhstan in London on Wednesday.Jabeur triumphed with a score of 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-1, securing a place in the Wimbledon semi-finals.In the previous year's final, Jabeur had been on track to become the first Arabic female champion but eventually lost in three sets.However, in the 2023 tournament, the sixth-seeded Jabeur displayed resilience and determination as she mounted a spirited comeback after losing the first set tiebreak.Following the first set, Jabeur elevated her game, taking more risks with her shots and gradually establishing herself as the dominant player on the court.She won five consecutive games, claimin...
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Djokovic to face Cachin in Wimbledon opener, Rybakina up against Rogers | Tennis News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Defending women's champion Elena Rybakina is scheduled to face American Shelby Rogers in the opening round at Wimbledon. Meanwhile, the men's second seed, Novak Djokovic, will kick off his title defence against Argentina's Pedro Cachin, ranked 67th in the world.For the women's top seed, Iga Swiatek, a challenging first hurdle awaits as she is paired against China's Zhu Lin, ranked 33rd, which could make for a compelling matchup.Second seed Aryna Sabalenka, who was unable to compete last year due to Wimbledon's ban on Russian and Belarusian players following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, will commence her campaign against Hungary's Panna Udvardy.American veteran Venus Williams against Ukraine's Elina Svitolina in one of the standout matches of the opening round while home favo...
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Novak Djokovic to face Cachin in Wimbledon opener, Elena Rybakina up against Rogers

Defending women’s champion Elena Rybakina will face American Shelby Rogers in the opening round at Wimbledon while men’s second seed Novak Djokovic will begin his title defence against Argentina’s 67th-ranked Pedro Cachin. Friday’s draw at the All England Club pitched women’s top seed Iga Swiatek against China’s 33rd-ranked Zhu Lin, a potentially tricky first hurdle for the Pole. Second seed Aryna Sabalenka, who could not play last year because of Wimbledon’s ban on Russian and Belarusian players following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, will open her campaign against Hungarian Panna Udvardy. Time to find out the Official Draw for The Championships 2023… Tune in live to watch from 10am (BST)#Wimbledon — Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) June 30, 2023 American veteran Venus Williams against Ukraine’...
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Elena Rybakina pulls out of French Open due to illness

Fourth seed Elena Rybakina pulled out of the French Open ahead of her third-round match Sara Sorribes Tormo on Saturday due to a viral illness as the Roland Garros tournament lost one of its main contenders for the women’s title. The Wimbledon champion said she had been unwell for the last two days. “I was not feeling good yesterday and the day before so I didn’t sleep two nights and had some fever,” Rybakina told a news conference. “Today I really tried during the warm-up but I feel that the right decision is to withdraw because it’s really tough to play in this condition. Feel better soon, Elena 🧡#RolandGarros pic.twitter.com/adsdV31QO1 — Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) June 3, 2023 “I saw the doctor, and they said that actually it’s all a virus here in Paris. I guess with my allergy, ...
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Iga Swiatek braced for tougher path to third Paris title | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Iga Swiatek, the talented Polish player, shattered the notion of being solely a clay-court specialist when she clinched her third Grand Slam title at the 2022 US Open. However, there is no denying that the red clay remains the perfect fit for her versatile game, making Roland Garros her favorite playground.As she approaches her 22nd birthday during the first week of the French Open, Swiatek enters as the favorite for a third title in four years in Paris, though she may encounter tougher opposition than her unstoppable campaign last year.Swiatek's affinity for clay is undeniable. In 2022, she dropped just one set en route to claiming the title at Roland Garros, reaffirming her status as a force to be reckoned with.Her victory not only marked her second French Open triumph but also...
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Elena Rybakina wins Italian Open after Anhelina Kalinina retires | Tennis News – Times of India

ROME: Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan won the Italian Open title on Saturday when her Ukrainian opponent Anhelina Kalinina was forced to retire through injury.World number six Rybakina, the reigning Wimbledon champion, was leading 6-4, 1-0 when Kalinina called it quits with a left thigh injury shortly after midnight in a final long-delayed by rain.Rybakina, 23, is the first player to capture two WTA 1000 titles this season having already won the prestigious Indian Wells hard court tournament.She was also runner-up at the Australian Open and in Miami."I wish Anhelina a speedy recovery, she's a good friend of mine," said Rybakina after the 68-minute final which only got underway at 11pm."She has done an amazing job, I hope she is fit for Roland Garros."She told the hardy fans in the stadium,...
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Wimbledon champion Rybakina wins Italian Open; Rune-Medvedev in men’s final

Elena Rybakina is discovering that her big serve and heavy groundstrokes can do damage on clay courts, too. The Wimbledon champion was dominating 21-9 with winners when Ukrainian opponent Anhelina Kalinina retired due to a left thigh injury early in the second set of the rain-delayed Italian Open final on Saturday. “I can play good on all the surfaces,” Rybakina said. “It’s just maybe for clay I need to be ready more physically and maybe have a lot of preparation.” It’s been quite a year for Rybakina, who reached the final of the Australian Open, also won an elite title in Indian Wells and was the runner-up in Miami. “I’m proud that I can maintain this level,” she said. “I can see improvements on the court, physically also. … I think there is still a lot of room to improve.” On Monday, ...
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Italian Open: Holger Rune rallies past Casper Ruud into final – Times of India

Holger Rune showcased his unwavering determination as he rallied from a set and break down to secure a remarkable 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-2 victory over world number four Casper Ruud in an absorbing all-Scandinavian Italian Open semi-final. Reflecting on his stunning comeback, Rune said, "I told myself at this moment I had nothing to lose, he's probably going to win the match. So I told myself to play free and enjoy myself as it would probably be my last set here."The French and U.S. Open runner-up, Ruud, initially gained the upper hand, clinching a tightly contested first set with his powerful forehand, which yielded an impressive tally of 22 winners. As Ruud secured a break in the second set to take a 4-2 lead, it appeared he was firmly on course for a spot in the final.However, Rune's resolve...
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Petra Kvitova upsets Elena Rybakina to win first Miami Open title | Tennis News – Times of India

Petra Kvitova turned back the clock to upset Kazakhstan's Elena Rybakina 7-6(14), 6-2 on Saturday to win her first Miami Open crown and ninth WTA 1000 title.The veteran Czech player, seeded 15th, ended an epic, 22-minute first set tiebreak by converting her fifth set point when 10th-seeded Rybakina's forehand landed in the net.The powerful left-hander then swung freely in the second, racing out to a 3-0 lead and breaking the hard-serving Rybakina for a third time on match point.The 33-year-old Kvitova, who won Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014 and who had recently contemplated retirement, put her hands on her head in astonishment when Rybakina's forehand sailed long to seal the win.She then went over to her box to embrace her fiance, former Czech player Jiri Vanek.Kvitova, who fended off five ...
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Petra Kvitova upends Elena Rybakina for women’s Miami Open title

Twelfth-seeded Petra Kvitova won the Miami Open in her 13th appearance, beating seventh-seeded Elena Rybakina with a marathon tiebreaker in a 7-6 (14), 6-2 victory Saturday. The 33-year-old Kvitova, 10 years older than her opponent, snapped Rybakina’s 13-match winning streak and halted her bid to win the Sunshine Double (Indian Wells and Miami Open). In winning with will, stalwart defense and one sensational forehand winner on the dead run that electrified the crowd in the second set, the lefty Kvitova captured her 30th WTA singles title and first one since 2018 in Madrid. It’s a celebration! 🎶🥳 Our Champ @Petra_Kvitova joined @KoolntheGngLIVE on stage at #TheFinalSet Concert Series pres. by @StellaArtois! 🍻 pic.twitter.com/ow3WhZ1NDI — Miami Open (@MiamiOpen) April 1, 2023 After Ryba...
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Elena Rybakina beats Jessica Pegula to reach Miami final | Tennis News – Times of India

MIAMI GARDENS (United States): Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina reached the final of the Miami Open by beating American world number three Jessica Pegula 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 at Hard Rock Stadium on Thursday.Kazakstan's Rybakina is on course to claim the 'Sunshine Double' after winning in Indian Wells earlier this month.The 23-year-old, ranked seventh in the world, will face the winner of Friday's semi-final between Petra Kvitova and Romanian Sorana Cirstea.In a rain-disrupted match, neither player was able to settled into their serve with 11 breaks in total throughout the two sets.But the contest turned decisively in Rybakina's direction when Pegula, on her serve, found the net on a return to go 5-4 down to the Moscow-born Rybakina.Rybakina then held her serve with ease to secure back-to-ba...
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Elena Rybakina beats Aryna Sabalenka to win Indian Wells WTA title | Tennis News – Times of India

INDIAN WELLS: Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina edged Aryna Sabalenka 7-6 (13/11), 6-4 on Sunday to win the Indian Wells WTA title and avenge her loss to the Belarusian in the Australian Open final.Kazakhstan's Rybakina, the world number 10 who ousted top-ranked defending champion Iga Swiatek in the semi-finals, followed up with her first victory over second-ranked Sabalenka in five career meetings.Rybakina, projected to rise to seventh in the world, handed Sabalenka just her second defeat of the year, denying her a third title to go with a win in Adelaide that presaged her first Grand Slam triumph at Melbourne."It's actually the first time it goes my way," Rybakina said as she accepted the trophy, a smiling Sabalenka leaning to the microphone to interject, "I will make sure it was the ...
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Elena Rybakina says she reached highest level in rout of Iga Swiatek

Elena Rybakina said she showed glimpses of her best form during her dominant win over world number one Iga Swiatek in the Indian Wells semi-final on Friday, adding she feels she can beat anyone by maintaining that level. The world number 10 thrashed holder Swiatek 6-2 6-2 to set up a clash with Aryna Sabalenka. The Kazakh said her aggressive style and booming serve made all the difference in the match. “Today I was pushing a lot. Overall, some players it’s more difficult to play against,” Wimbledon champion Rybakina said. “With Iga, she’s a tough opponent, but when I play like this and everything goes in… Today in some moments I played at my highest level. There are moments you feel, ‘OK, I can beat anyone if I always play like this’. “It’s the goal, but you never feel amazing and perfe...
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Iga Swiatek books Indian Wells semi-final against Elena Rybakina | Tennis News – Times of India

INDIAN WELLS: World number one Iga Swiatek swept past Sorana Cirstea 6-2, 6-3 on Thursday to line up an Indian Wells semi-final grudge match against Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina.Rybakina, who stunned Swiatek in the fourth round of the Australian Open before falling to Aryna Sabalenka in the final of the year's first Grand Slam, out-lasted 76th-ranked Czech Karolina Muchova 7-6 (7/4), 2-6, 6-4.Iga loves Indian Wells. Indian Wells loves Iga ❤️@iga_swiatek | #TennisParadise https://t.co/vHs243OQ41— wta (@WTA) 1679006616000"She's playing really well and in semi-finals you always are going to play against the top players, so I'll be ready," Swiatek said. "Last time we played was in Australia. Totally different conditions. So I'll just prepare the same as before any other match and I'll ...
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Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka crowned first ‘neutral’ Grand Slam champion | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: With daring, resolve and a thunderous forehand, Aryna Sabalenka rose above geopolitical tumult to become the first player to claim a Grand Slam title as a neutral at the Australian Open.The big-hitting Belarusian overhauled Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina 4-6 6-3 6-4 in the final at Rod Laver Arena on Saturday while barred from representing the eastern European nation.Russian and Belarusian players are effectively "stateless" on the ATP and WTA tours, competing as individuals without national affiliation due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.Had Rybakina not switched allegiance to Kazakhstan in 2018, the Russia-born player would also have competed as a neutral.Perhaps for the first time ever at Rod Laver Arena, the championship match was played without fans waving the nationa...
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Elena Rybakina to enter top 10 but says career boost won’t change her | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Elena Rybakina will become the first Kazakh tennis player to enter the top 10 singles world rankings after her run to the Australian Open final on Saturday, making up somewhat for the points she missed out on in her Wimbledon triumph last summer.But the Russian-born player said the lift would not change her."I don't think tomorrow I'm going to feel different just because of the ranking now," she told reporters.Rybakina, who switched allegiance to Kazakhstan in 2018, was beaten 4-6 6-3 6-4 by Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka in the Melbourne Park final and will rise to number 10 in the world from number 25 when the rankings are updated on Monday.She lost out on 2,000 ranking points after her Wimbledon win because the Grand Slam was stripped of points for banning Russian and Belarusi...
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Factfile on Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Facts and figures about Aryna Sabalenka after she won the Australian Open women's final on Saturday:Aryna SabalenkaAge: 24World ranking: 5Prize money: $14,602,010Career titles: 12Grand Slam titles: 1 (Australia 2023)Australian Open best: Champion (2023)Coach: Anton DubrovPath to the final:1st rd: bt Tereza Martincova (CZE) 6-1, 6-42nd rd: bt Shelby Rogers (USA) 6-3, 6-13rd rd: bt Elise Mertens (BEL x26) 6-2, 6-34th rd: bt Belinda Bencic (SUI x12) 7-5, 6-2Quarter-final: bt Donna Vekic (CRO) 6-3, 6-2Semi-final: bt Magda Linette (POL) 7-6 (7/1), 6-2Final: bt Elena Rybakina (KAZ x22) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4!(function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { window.TimesApps = window.TimesApps || {}; const { TimesApps } = window; TimesApps.loadFBEvents = ...
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Mental battle key as power-hitters Elena Rybakina and Aryna Sabalenka meet in Australian Open final

To quite an extent, Elena Rybakina and Aryna Sabalenka are cut from the same cloth. Both are Eastern Europeans, with a 6 ft-tall frame and big wingspan, and both have similar playing styles – based around keeping rallies short by using their natural power and clean shot-making off both wings from the baseline. Yet, where they differ vastly is their mentality and approach. Rybakina is more methodical and stoic, not showing much emotion even when she’s down, and able to rally to come back from deficits. Her celebrations are muted and disappointment is barely visible. It is an approach that has been effective in the past. She is the reigning Wimbledon champion, a fact that most – including tournament organisers who have given her assignments on the outside courts as recently as the ongoing...
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Azarenka ordered to take off PSG shirt at Australian Open | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Self-described "obnoxious soccer mom" Victoria Azarenka was ordered to take off her Paris St Germain shirt at the Australian Open on Thursday before bowing out of the Grand Slam with a straight sets defeat by Elena Rybakina in the semi-finals.The 33-year-old Belarusian twice champion has worn shirts showing support for French soccer champions PSG at the tournament and as a gesture to her six-year-old son Leo, who is also a big fan of the Paris club.After an exchange of words with the chair umpire at Rod Laver Arena, Azarenka took off the PSG shirt before warming up in her regular kit against Rybakina."They told me to take it off twice because I had a different shirt," the 22nd seed told reporters after losing 7-6(4) 6-3 to Kazakh Rybakina."I think it's the issue with the spon...