Elena Rybakina is a professional tennis player born in Russia and representing Kazakhstan, holds a career-best singles ranking of world No. 3 according to the Women’s Tennis Association. She achieved the distinction of being the first Kazakhstani player to enter the world’s top 10 and currently holds the position as the top-ranked Kazakhstani player in women’s singles.
Age- 24 years
Full name-Elena Andreyevna Rybakina
Height- 1.84 m
Weight- 72 Kg
Born- 17 June 1999
Profession- Kazakhstani tennis player
Rybakina’s parents are Andrey and Ekaterina Rybakina. She was raised in Russia.
Rybakina’s sister is Anna Rybakina, also shared in her early sports activities, participating together in a variety of sports.
Elena Rybakina is currently single and does not have a boyfriend.
From an early age, Elena Rybakina engaged in sports, initially focusing on gymnastics and ice skating. She transitioned to tennis at the age of six, not receiving individual training until her junior years. Until the age of 15, she practiced in a group of about eight players, later reducing to a group of four until she turned 18.
During her junior career, Rybakina achieved a career-high combined ranking of No. 3, participated in two junior major semifinals, and secured a Grade-A title at the Trofeo Bonfiglio in 2017. Originally representing Russia, she switched federations to Kazakhstan in June 2018 after entering the top 200.
Rybakina gained consistent success on the WTA Tour in mid-2019, earning her first title at the Bucharest Open and making her top 100 debut. The 2020 season marked a breakthrough, leading the tour with five finals and becoming the first Kazakhstani player in the top 20. Notable achievements include reaching the quarterfinals of the French Open and finishing the season at No. 37 in the world.
In 2021, she achieved a career-high ranking of No. 14 and started the 2022 season at the Adelaide International 1, reaching the final but falling to world No. 1, Ash Barty. Rybakina continued her success, reaching a career-high ranking of No. 4 in May 2023 after winning her first WTA 1000 clay title.
Despite a walkover at the 2023 French Open, she reached No. 3 in the world rankings in June 2023. However, she faced challenges, including withdrawal from the Eastbourne International due to a viral illness.
At Wimbledon, as the defending champion, Rybakina reached the quarterfinals but lost to Ons Jabeur. Following Wimbledon, she reached the semifinals at the Canadian Open, enduring a marathon match against Daria Kasatkina. Despite a valiant effort, she fell to Liudmila Samsonova in the semifinals. In the 2023 US Open, as the fourth seed, Rybakina reached the third round but was defeated by Sorana Cîrstea in three sets.
Elena Rybakina’s Sponsorships and Partnerships
Since the 2023 French Open, Rybakina has been under a sponsorship deal with Yonex, covering clothing and footwear.Prior to this, she had endorsements with Adidas since the beginning of 2020, as well as with Nike.Rybakina utilizes a Yonex VCore 100 racket.
On January 24, 2023, Rybakina initiated collaboration with the Kazakhstan Bank RBK.In March 2023, Rybakina made a generous donation of ₸35 million to support emerging female tennis players in Kazakhstan.
Elena Rybakina’s net worth is estimated to be $5 million.
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Blinkova’s Epic Comeback against Rybakina at Australian Open
In a monumental second-round showdown at the Australian Open, Anna Blinkova stages a remarkable comeback, rescuing six match points to secure victory against Elena Rybakina. The match establishes a record for the lengthiest women’s singles match tie-break in Grand Slam history. Blinkova’s aspiration of gracing the Rod Laver Arena materializes as she emerges triumphant against Rybakina.
In a gripping second-round clash at the Australian Open, Anna Blinkova staged an impressive comeback, saving six match points before eventually defeating last year’s runner-up, Elena Rybakina, in three sets, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (22-20). The match, lasting two hours and 46 minutes, featured the longest women’s singles match tie-break in Grand Slam history, a 42-point tie-break that lasted 93 minutes in the third set.
This victory marked Blinkova’s career-best by ranking and her second top-five win in the past 12 months. She began her 2024 season with a title in Brisbane, and despite coming to Melbourne seeking her first win of the season, she fulfilled her dream of playing on the Rod Laver Arena with a positive mindset throughout the match.
“I was telling myself that I only had to give my best until the very last moment and enjoy every single moment of it,” she said. “On the match, it was difficult to always stay positive. I had a lot of great moments, but I also had many frustrating moments, for example, all the match points that I couldn’t convert.”