Even the Australian Open didn’t think Elena Rybakina would get this far.
Tennis aficionados were left with raised eyebrows when the schedule for the first round of this year’s event was released, with reigning Wimbledon champion Rybakina slated for Court 13.
Granted, it was the same court she commenced her Australian Open campaign on last year, but that was before her breakthrough at SW19, which also came out of the blue to many given her middling form in the lead-up.
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Her grass court events heading into that tournament saw second-round losses in both Rosmalen and Eastbourne.
Rybakina’s title run at Wimbledon was scintillating, dropping just two sets en route to the trophy,…