Elena Rybakina feels like she’s ‘not the Wimbledon champion,’ says life as champion ‘not the greatest’


However, regardless of her momentous first grand slam victory in London in July, she describes her expertise as a Wimbledon champion as “not the greatest,” saying she feels like she’s “not the Wimbledon champion.”

Rybakina’s frustrations come after world rating factors weren’t awarded at Wimbledon this 12 months in response to the event organizer’s choice to ban Russian and Belarusian gamers in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Typically, Rybakina’s world rating would have skyrocketed after profitable Wimbledon — she would have been anticipated to crack the high 10 in one other 12 months. However, the 23-year-old has fallen to No. 25 in the world.

And talking forward of the US Open which begins on Monday, Kazakhstani Rybakina expressed her unhappiness at life since her maiden grand slam victory.

“It was my dream to win Wimbledon,” Rybakina instructed reporters in New York on Friday. “It’s (a) pity. I feel like actually I’m not the Wimbledon champion.”

Rybakina celebrates with the trophy after beating Ons Jabeur in the Wimbledon final.

She added: “I don’t think that it’s fair. Of course, we cannot change it. It was a decision (made) before. I’m talking not only about myself, but just generally I think with all the decisions, many players are paying for all these decisions.

“In one event I am going and play in opposition to the biggest champion, (Garbine) Muguruza, and we play on Court No. 4. This is form of like (a) query for me.”

She also lamented how her time as a grand slam winner hasn’t matched others in the past, explaining that if ranking points were awarded and she would have risen into the top 10, she would have been treated differently, playing on better courts and being scheduled more favorably.

“Experience-wise, I might say it was not the biggest.”

Rybakina, who was born in Russia but has represented Kazakhstan since 2018, shocked the tennis community by beating No. 3 seed Ons Jabeur in the Wimbledon final last month.

And while she became Kazakhstan’s first grand slam winner, the ban on ranking points meant she missed out on 2,000 points for the WTA’s Race to the Finals — women’s tennis’ season-ending event — where she would sit second if she had received them.

The top eight qualify for the finals, but Rybakina currently ranks 20th before the US Open, leaving her an uphill battle to make the event in October.

Rybakina returns a shot against Jabeur in the Wimbledon final.

“It’s every little thing round. It’s the factors scenario. I do not suppose that it is truthful,” Rybakina said.

“Knowing that as of right now I might be No.2 in the Race and I’m not in a position to play the Race, I do not suppose it is truthful. I’m speaking not solely about myself, however simply typically I feel with all the selections, many gamers are paying for all these selections.”

Rybakina, the No. 25 seed for the US Open, begins her try to win back-to-back grand slam titles on Tuesday, enjoying France’s Clara Burel in the first spherical.

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