Wimbledon I Elena Rybakina dismisses Elina Svitolina without trembling and will challenge Barbora Krejcikova

Wimbledon I Elena Rybakina dismisses Elina Svitolina without trembling and will challenge Barbora Krejcikova
Wimbledon I Elena Rybakina dismisses Elina Svitolina without trembling and will challenge Barbora Krejcikova

Elena Rybakina didn’t hang around. The 25-year-old Kazakh imposed her tennis on Wednesday on the Center Court. And Elina Svitolina could only see the damage. In 1h02, the matter was settled. And Rybakina rolled on to return to the semi-finals of Wimbledon. Winner in 2022, she had stopped in the quarter-finals last year when she suffered the law of Ons Jabeur in a remake of their final from the previous year. But this time, she did not tremble to return to the last four of a Grand Slam for the first time since the Australian Open 2023, where she had failed in the final.

In this last four where she will have to face Barbora Krejcikova, Elena Rybakina is the big favorite. It is a question of status, since we are talking about the world number 4. But also of level of play. This Thursday, she thus once again signed a high-flying performance to dismiss Svitolina without consideration.

Barbora Krejcikova

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Krejcikova finds herself

On her momentum while she signed a solid tournament by notably beating Ons Jabeur in the last 16, the Ukrainian nevertheless started this quarter-final well by taking her opponent’s serve from the start. But then, it turned into a demonstration. Because Elena Rybakina imposed her power. Still as impressive on serve (7 aces), she multiplied the winning shots (28 against 8 for Svitolina), without making too many mistakes despite her risk-taking. The games then went by. And Svitolina, semi-finalist last year in London, seemed so powerless.

In the next round, Elena Rybakina will try to do it again against Barbora Krejcikova (32nd). In 1h42, the Czech defeated the Latvian Jelena Ostapenko (14th), also in two sets. After difficult months, the one who won Roland-Garros in 2021 found her best tennis to master Ostapenko’s power this Wednesday and win. She will thus play her first semi-final at Wimbledon against a serious client. An opponent that she has however always beaten in two matches, even if they have not been played since 2022… Another era for the Kazakh but also the Czech.

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