Elena Rybakina to face Svitolina in Wimbledon quarter-finals

Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina has reached the quarter-finals of the 2024 Wimbledon Championship, the third of the four Grand Slam tournaments in tennisfor the third time in a row, as her Russian competitor Anna Kalinskaya withdrew due to an injury to her right forearm.

Kalinskaya (18 years old) surrendered after losing eight consecutive games, finding herself behind (3-6) and (0-3), so the 25-year-old succeeded in reaching the quarter-finals.

Elena Rybakina reaches Wimbledon 2024 quarter-finals

The Kazakhstani, ranked fourth in the world and the 2022 champion, equalled the achievement of Americans Billie Jean King and Chris Evert, Australian Evonne Goolagong and Russian Maria Sharapova by qualifying for the quarter-finals, having won 18 of her first 20 matches at the All England Club.

“My serve helps me a lot, especially when the roof is closed (like Monday) and when there is no wind,” Rybakina said after qualifying. “I am very happy with the way I played in my last matches.”

Elena Rybakina continues her success at Wimbledon

In her next test, the Kazakh will meet the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, ranked 21st, who in turn defeated the Chinese Xinyu Wang, ranked 42nd, easily 6(-2 and 6-1).

The 29-year-old, who is reaching her second consecutive Wimbledon quarter-final and third in her career (after 2019 and 2023 when her run ended in the semi-finals), wore a black armband in mourning for the victims on Monday after Russia fired more than 40 missiles at Ukrainian cities in attacks that left 31 dead and dozens injured.

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The confrontation with Rybakina will be sensitive, especially since the latter is of Russian origin but represents Kazakhstan. The two players are tied in terms of direct confrontations with two wins each, but Rybakina was the victor in the last confrontation this year in the fourth round of the Roland Garros tournament (6-4) and (6-3).

The thirteenth Latvian, Jelena Ostapenko, also reached the semi-finals, for the second time in the English Championship, after the first in 2018, by defeating the Kazakh Yulia Putintseva effortlessly (6-2) and (6-3).

The 2017 Roland Garros champion will next face 11th seed American Danielle Collins or 2021 Roland Garros winner Barbora Krejcikova.

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