Elena Rybakina feels like she’s ‘not the Wimbledon champion,’ says life as champion ‘not the greatest’
Elena Rybanina feels like she’s not the Wimbledon champion, says life as champion “not the greatest”
Elena Rybakina has had to adjust to life after her victory over Samantha Stosur over the weekend in the women’s singles final.
Rybakina, who was born in Moscow to Belarusian parents and is now based in Germany, beat Stosur 6-2, 6-1 in the final. She had won the title in Auckland in January, but had to play through the draw in Miami as the No. 16 seed.
After falling behind 3-1 in the final set, though, Stosur was ready to close out the match. Rybakina, though, had other things on her mind.
“After I played her in the quarterfinals, I said to myself, ‘I should go to New York and not play anybody and only play myself. You’re not going to play anybody here, so you can be yourself. I’m going to do what I do, I’m going to enjoy myself,'” the 25-year-old said on a conference call from the London headquarters for the USTA in Miami.
Rybakina said that the loss to Stosur, not the draw, was a “great loss” because the two of them “have the same talent, same goal, same dream, same everything.”
“It’s sad to lose, but it’s not a bad thing at all. It’s what we know. We have our own way to do things,” Rybakina said. “I am happy now, I get to play in my second final, I get to play against my favorite player, my best friend, this dream that started when I was four years old has come true in a lot of ways, and I feel like I am not the Wimbledon champion. But I am also happy that I can say I have a lot of great memories with my family and all my friends. So I am really happy.”
Rybakina said being a “celebrity” could come at a cost, and the first one came after