After also winning Indian Wells and reaching the final of the Australian Open, Rybakina confirmed her great form this season. On Monday, she will be ranked as high as No. 4 in the world.
It was a chaotic end to the tournament in Rome on Saturday. After a downpour for most of the day and a late scheduled match, Anhelina Kalinina and Elena Rybakina took the court late in the evening at 11 pm. A final that was all the more disappointing, given that it did not go to its conclusion. After 1h08 of play, the amazing Ukrainian, surprise of the Roman fortnight, gave up after losing the first set, giving the title to the Kazakh (6-4, 1-0, AB).
With the title, Rybakina added a second WTA 1000 title to her list of achievements after Indian Wells. Although she was not as successful on clay in Stuttgart and Madrid, the 2022 Wimbledon winner has clearly stepped up her game just one week before the start of the French Open. Less comfortable on the surface, the Moscow native has nevertheless taken a few bearings before the second Grand Slam of the season.
Rybakina won the title in Indian Wells and was a finalist at the Australian Open and Miami, confirming her excellent start to the season with this victory in Rome. She will enter the WTA Top 5 for the first time in her career next Monday.
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