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Elena Rybakina arrives at Wimbledon amid illness concerns

Published at :June 24, 2024 at 4:01 PM
Modified at :June 24, 2024 at 4:01 PM
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Shashank Tripathi

Elena Rybakina missed the Indian Wells Masters and the Italian Open because of her injury.

Kazakh tennis star Elena Rybakina has arrived in London for the 2024 Wimbledon Championships after her withdrawal from the Berlin Ladies Open.

Rybakina was facing Belarusian tennis star Victoria Azarenka in the quarter-finals at the 2024 Berlin Ladies Open. However, the Kazakh later had to retire from the match as she looked pale and dull. It was revealed that the former Wimbledon champion withdrew because of an illness.

However, the cause of the illness has been kept confidential by her team. She already missed the Indian Wells Masters and the Italian Open due to illness. Consequently, due to her withdrawal from the WTA 500 grass court event, tennis enthusiasts have expressed concern about her participation at Wimbledon.

Nevertheless, she has arrived at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Additionally, she has also started practicing ahead of the third Grand Slam of the season.

Last week, defending Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova also suffered a leg injury after she slipped during the first set against Anna Kalinskaya. Vondrousova was also forced to retire from the second round at the Ladies Open due to the injury.

Also Read: Marketa Vondrousova and Elena Rybakina retire from Berlin Ladies Open

Two-time Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka also retired from the quarter-finals at the WTA 500 event against Anna Kalinskaya as she appeared to struggle with a shoulder injury. Tunisian tennis star and two-time Wimbledon finalist Ons Jabeur also decided to discontinue his campaign in the quarter-finals due to an illness.

Ons Jabeur lost the first set 7-6 (11-9) against America’s Coco Gauff. However, it was later stated that she was fine and that she would contest at the 2024 Wimbledon Championships. Last week, Jabeur announced that she won’t be participating at the upcoming 2024 Paris Olympics, as she’s avoiding the risk of sustaining a future knee injury.

Much like Jabeur, Aryna Sabalenka will also miss the Olympics. However, nothing can be quoted on the situation of Elena Rybakina and Marketa Vondrousova.

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