Elena Rybakina Won Her First Grand Slam Title Wimbledon
Elena Rybakina has not been to Kazakhstan since April and the next time she will wear her country’s colors on her back will be at the Billie Jean King Cup in Glasgow in November. Although she still lives in Moscow, having switched her allegiance from Russia in 2018, her history-making victory in Saturday’s Wimbledon final will surely make her a household name in her adopted country. Moreover, her win against Ones Jaber could spark a surge of interest in tennis in Kazakhstan and inspire the next generation.
Being the center of attention is not something Rybakina is comfortable with. Her non-celebration was totally on point for the 23-year-old at the end of the finale, unless you count puffing out her cheeks, she would have happily blended into the background if she could. She will have to get used to the increased media attention after winning her first Grand Slam title and how she handles it could go a long way in determining how she performs in the coming months and what and how she does with her achievement. It means more to her and Kazakhstan.
There is a bit of Petra Kvitova about Elena Rybakina. Not just in height; At 6 feet tall, she is one of the tallest players on tour, while Rybakina is the youngest women’s champion at Wimbledon since Kvitova in 2011. Kvitova learned to accept it and eventually enjoy it; Rybakina takes any advice she gets.
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“Everybody is trying to help me because it is the 1st time & others is much of attention,” she said. “It’s not easy for me, because I’m a quiet person. I don’t like to be in front of everyone. This part of the job is still hard for me, but hopefully, everyone will help me improve as I did in tennis. Let’s see. Hopefully, it will get better and better.”