Last updated on July 2nd, 2023 at 09:13 PM
The stage is set, and all eyes are on Elena Rybakina as she prepares to defend her title at the prestigious Wimbledon tournament.
The world’s third-ranked female player has captured hearts with her exceptional skills and captivating personality, establishing herself as a prominent figure in the realm of women’s tennis.
Rybakina’s journey to the top has been nothing short of extraordinary. Earlier this year, she stormed into the finals of the Australian Open, further solidifying her status in the sport.
Although she fell short against Aryna Sabalenka, the world number two, Rybakina’s resilience and positivity in the face of defeat showcased her indomitable character and unwavering mindset.
What sets Rybakina apart is her profound emotional connection to the game, making her an adored figure in the tennis world.
“At the end of the day, I’m here to play and savour the game of tennis,” Rybakina once remarked, emphasizing her deep-rooted love for the sport that fuels her drive and passion.
Undoubtedly, the most defining moment of Rybakina’s career thus far was her stunning triumph at Wimbledon last year.
Labelled as the underdog, she defied expectations, captivating spectators and critics alike by manoeuvring her way through the finals against the formidable world No. 3, Ons Jabeur, ultimately clinching her first Grand Slam title.
As she returns to the hallowed grounds of Wimbledon this year, Rybakina finds herself transitioning from the role of the dark horse to that of a top contender, sharing the spotlight with the likes of Iga Swiatek and Aryna Sabalenka.
Unfazed by the weight of expectations, she remains steadfast in her focus on her game, her unwavering support system, and her unbridled passion.
Rybakina’s preparation for Wimbledon is a true team effort. Her close-knit support network includes her parents, elder sister Anna, coach Stefano Vukov, a fitness trainer, and a physiotherapist.
She cherishes the dynamic she shares with her coach, Stefano Vukov, and values his vibrant courtside presence, guiding her towards excellence.
Respect for tennis legend Roger Federer also holds a significant place in Rybakina’s journey. The eight-time Wimbledon champion serves as an inspiration for the Kazakhstani talent. “Roger is my idol,” she admits with reverence. “I admire his style, his graceful movements, and the lightness he brings to the court.”
As Rybakina gears up for her Wimbledon title defence, her charisma and love for the sport have endeared her to fans worldwide, making her a firm favourite among the tennis faithful.
Her approach to the game serves as a reminder that beyond victories and accolades, it is the sheer joy and passion derived from the sport that truly counts.
This year, Rybakina may no longer be considered the underdog, but she embraces the challenge with grace. “Coming back as a champion is not that easy,” she acknowledges.
Yet, instead of being deterred, she remains more focused than ever. “But I want more than the memories. I want it again,” she boldly declares, igniting the fire within her to conquer new heights.