Rybakina is a Kazakhstani professional tennis player. She is the first to be ranked in the top 10 of the world rankings. With a career-high of No. 6 in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), the Kazakh is currently the No. 1 women’s singles player. Rybakina reached twelve other finals on the WTA Tour and won three more titles, including the WTA 1000 title at the 2023 Indian Wells Masters.
Rybakina Personal Life
Rybakina was born on 17 June 1999 in Moscow, Russia to Andrey and Ekaterina Rybakina. She has a sister named Anna Rybakina.
She took up sports with her older sister at a very young age, initially focusing on gymnastics and ice skating. After being told that she was too tall to be a professional in either sport, her father suggested that he take up tennis because of his interest in the sport. Rybakina started playing tennis at the age of six. Rybakina moved from the sports club Dynamo to the tennis club Spartak, where she had several skilled coaches. She trained with former top 10 player Andrey Chesnokov and former top 100 player Yevgenia Kulikovskaya. One of her coaches was Irina Kiseleva, gold medalist at the Modern Pentathlon World Championship.
Rybakina did not practice individually until she was a teenager, instead training in a group of about eight players until she was 15 and in a group of four until she was 18. She also played tennis only about two hours a day and worked out three hours a day. Her tennis time was limited in part because she attended a regular high school that did not specialize in athletics, and she had to balance tennis with her schoolwork.
Rybakina is a former World Junior No. 3. She began playing on the ITF Junior Circuit in November 2013 at the age of 14. The following March, she won her first championship at the second event of his career, the Grade 3 Almetievsky Cup. She played her first Grade 2 competition at the Ozerov Cup in Moscow in June, finishing second alongside compatriot Anna Blinkova. She started playing Grade 1 events in early 2015 but did not find success until reaching the final of the Belgium Junior International in May, losing to Katharina Hobgarski. Rybakina made her junior Grand Slam debut at this year’s US Open, where she reached the third round. After an opening-round loss at the 2016 Australian Open, she won back-to-back Grade 1 titles. She continued to compete in junior Grand Slam tournaments and other A-level singles events for the rest of the year. Her best result of 2016 in the A-class events came in doubles when she finished second behind Olesya Pervushina and Anastasia Potapova in the all-Russian final of the Trofeo Bonfiglio with Amina Anshba.
The 2017 season was Rybakina’s last year on the junior circuit. In the middle of the season, she won her first and only A-class title at the Trofeo Bonfiglio, defeating Iga Świątek in the final. Rybakina began playing on the ITF women’s circuit in December 2014 at the age of 15. While still playing on the junior circuit, she reached three ITF finals in singles and two in singles, winning both doubles finals in 2017 alone. She also debuted on the WTA tour in October 2017 at the Kremlin Cup where she qualified for the main event, but lost to Irina-Camelia Beg in the opening round. At her next WTA tournament in February 2018, Rybakina won her first WTA Tour match at the St. Petersburg Trophy against Timea Bacsinszky. She then upset world number seven Caroline Garcia in three sets after serving a match point in the second set. Losing in the next round in the quarterfinals helped her climb the world rankings from 450th to 268th. In March, Rybakina won her first ITF singles title at the $15,000 event in Kazan, where she also won the doubles title.
Her next significant jump in the rankings came in April when she finished runner-up to Sabina Sharipova in the $60,000 Lale Cup in Istanbul, moving her to 215th. She entered the top 200 for the first time in late May. The following month, Rybakina became a citizen of Kazakhstan and switched alliances from Russia to Kazakhstan, having just turned 19. The Kazakhstan Tennis Association offered her financial support to change citizenship, and she chose among several options to play college tennis in the United States. Rybakina, who plays in Kazakhstan, participated in her first Grand Slam qualifier at the US Open but failed to reach the main draw. After playing mostly in ITF tournaments in the first half of 2019, Rybakina started playing mostly on the WTA Tour in the second half of the season. In the first few months of the year, she won three ITF titles, including the $60,000 Launceston International title. She made her Grand Slam debut in the French Open qualifying and lost to Kateřina Sinikova. In her first WTA event on grass, Rybakina reached her first quarterfinal at the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships. Despite this success, she lost in the Wimbledon qualifiers.
Rybakina’s breakthrough came in July when she won her first WTA Tour title at the age of 20 a month later at the Bucharest Open. During the event, she upset second seed Viktória Kužmova before defeating Patricia Maria Țig in the final. With this title, she debuted at number 65 in the WTA rankings.
Rybakina led the 2020 season in the WTA Tour finals and tied for second in match wins. She made the final in four of her first five events. Before the COVID-19 pandemic caused the WTA Tour to shut down for more than five months, she reached the final of each tournament at the Australian Open and Qatar Open, losing both times to world number one Ashleigh Barty, the latter walking due to the tension of her leg arrestor. Before the Australian Open, his two finals came at international events. After losing her first final of the year to Ekaterina Alexandrova at the Shenzhen Open, she defeated Zhang Shuai to win her second WTA title at Hobart International. In Melbourne, she recorded her first two Grand Slam main event wins against Bernarda Pera and Greet Minnen.
After the tournament, she arrived at St. Petersburg Trophy and the Dubai Championship in two premier finals, finishing second with Kiki Bertens and second with Simona Halep. Notably in Dubai, Rybakina defeated two top-ranked players in No. 7 Sofia Kenin and No. 3 Karolína Plíšková, the latter the highest-ranked player she had beaten to date. Those four finals helped her rise to 17th in the world at the end of the tour. She also became the first Kazakh player in history to reach the top 20. During most of the downtime, Rybakina was in Moscow and did not have the opportunity to train for two and a half months. She later spent five weeks training in Bratislava, Slovakia. When the tour resumed in New York in August, she lost her return match to Alexandrova and won only one match at the US Open. Returning to Europe, she later defeated Alexandrova at the Italian Open for the third time that year, before losing to Yulia Putintseva in the third round.
At the International de Strasbourg, Rybakina reached her fifth final of the year and her first since resuming the tour. She lost to number 5 Elina Svitolina in the final. She did not carry that success into the next major, losing to Fiona Ferro in the second round at the French Open. She reached the quarterfinals of the French Open without losing a set, defeating Serena Williams in the fourth round. At the same tournament, she also reached the quarterfinals in doubles, partnered by Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova; moreover, Pavlyuchenkova was the opponent who defeated her in the singles quarterfinals of the 2021 French Open. Rybakina was ranked 15th at the Olympic tennis tournament. She won her first three matches without dropping a set before losing to Belinda Bencic in the semifinals. In the bronze medal match, Rybakina won in a comeback against Elina Svitolina.
On November 1, 2021, she made her top 15 debut at world number 14, becoming the highest-ranked Kazakh player in history. Rybakina started the season at the Adelaide International 1 and reached the final where she defeated world number one Ashleigh Barty. Her success continued at the Sydney Tennis Classic when reigning US Open champion Emma Raducanu lost in the first round. She later withdrew from the tournament due to a thigh injury. She hit a career-high 12 on January 17, 2022. The rest of her early hard-court season did not see much success as she bowed out in the second round to miss the Australian Open and St. Petersburg Women’s Cup, as well as losing in the first round at the Qatar Open. Her “Sunshine Double” (Miami and Indian Wells) improved when she played Maria Sakkar in the quarterfinals at the Indian Wells Open and Jessica Pegula in the third round at the Miami Open. At Wimbledon, she reached her second Grand Slam quarterfinal, defeating CoCo Vandeweghe, Bianca Andreescu, Zheng Qinwen and Petra Martić. She then reached the semi-finals of a major for the first time, defeating Ajla Tomljanović in her quarter-final. She became the first singles player (male or female) from Kazakhstan to reach the semifinals of a Grand Slam tournament. She then reached her first major final, defeating Simona Halep in straight sets to become the youngest Wimbledon finalist since Garbiñe Muguruza in 2015. After dropping the first set, she defeated Ons Jabeur in three sets to secure her first major title.
In 2021, she became the youngest women’s champion after 21-year-old Petra Kvitová. She was the fourth youngest active champion, older than Iga Świątek, Bianca Andreescu, and Emma Raducanu. Rybakina’s Russian citizenship and previous Russian international representation became a matter of public debate following her success at Wimbledon in 2022 after Wimbledon banned athletes representing Russia and Belarus due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Russian state media celebrated Rybakina’s win as a national victory, despite her longstanding decision not to represent her native country.
Rybakina started the season at the Adelaide International 1 defeating Danielle Collins in three sets before losing to Marta Kostjuk in the second round. This was followed by another loss to Petra Kvitová in straight sets at the Adelaide International 2 tournament. However, she reached the doubles final with his partner Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. At the Australian Open, Rybakina again defeated 2022 finalist Danielle Collins in the third round, world number one Iga Świątek in the fourth round, and former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the quarterfinals to reach her first Australian Open semi-final. In the semifinals, she defeated former world number one and two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka in straight sets to reach the second Grand Slam final of her career.
Despite winning the first set, Rybakina lost the championship match to Aryna Sabalenka in a high-quality encounter. She reached the top 10 on 30 January 2023. In Abu Dhabi, she reached the quarterfinals, defeating Karolina Plíšková, where she lost to Beatriz Haddad Maia. In Indian Wells, she reached her second consecutive Indian Wells quarter-final after defeating Sofia Kenini 21st seed Paula Badosa, and Varvara Gracheva. She then defeated Karolína Muchová to reach her first WTA 1000 semifinal. In the semifinals, she defeated defending champion and world number one Iga Świątek in straight sets for the second time in 2023, reaching her first WTA 1000 final. In the final, she defeated second seed Aryna Sabalenka in straight sets to turn the game around for her first WTA 1000 title in the Australian Open final. That result raised her ranking to a new career high of 7th in the world.
After reaching the final in Miami, where she lost to 15th seed Petra Kvitova, and a second-round exit at the 2023 Mutua Madrid Open, she reached a new career high of world number 6 on 8 May 2023. She reached the quarterfinals of the Italian Open and rose to a new career high of world No. 5. On May 17, she will reach the quarterfinals of the Italian Open. Her opponent is world number one Iga Swiatek. Swiatek defeated Rybakina at the 2021 Ostrava Open. In 2023, Rybakina defeated the Polish star in the quarters of the Australian Open, followed by the semi-finals of the Indian Wells Masters.
There is no information present publicly about her relationship status so we are assuming that she is single and unmarried.
Rybakina Net Worth
Rybakina has a net worth of $4.5 million. She earns by being a tennis player. She also earns via brand sponsorships and endorsements. She has been sponsored by Adidas for clothing and shoes since the start of 2020. She had previously been endorsed by Nike. She uses a Yonex VCore 100 racket.
There is no information present publicly about her educational status so we cannot provide any information.
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Rybakina Physical Stats
|Height||5 ft 10 in / 177 cm|
|Weight||150 lb / 68 kg|
|Body Measurement||34-24-35 inches|
|Bra Size||38B US|
|Cup Size||B US|
|Full Name||Elena Andreyevna Rybakina|
|Date Of Birth||17 June 1999|
|Age||23 (as of 2023)|
|Coach||Stefano Vukov (2019–)|
|Parents||Andrey and Ekaterina Rybakina|
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