Former Champion Rybakina Follows Swiatek Into Third Round At Wimbledon

Former Champion Rybakina Follows Swiatek Into Third Round At Wimbledon

by Zachary Wimer

Former Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina made it to the third round of the 2024 Championships, and it took some effort to get there.

The Kazakhstani player faced Laura Siegemund in the second round of the 2024 Wimbledon Championships and needed three sets to win the match. The former champion didn't have the best preparation for Wimbledon due to an illness that forced her to retire early at the Berlin Open.

She also missed the Eastbourne International, opting to go to London immediately and better prepare there. So far, it's been going really well, but this match was a bit more complicated because Rybakina lost a set.

The first set was typical in many ways because Rybakina was the more aggressive player. She looked to finish off most rallies and did, though she missed quite a few balls. The lucky thing for her was that Siegmund struggled as well, barely managing to hit a winner in the entire set, allowing Rybakina to win it 6-3.

The second set was much better for the German, as she didn't make as many mistakes. Rybakina was still the more aggressive player, but she still missed a lot, which proved a bit too much this time around, as Siegemund won 6-3 to force the decider.

The final set was finally the one in which Rybakina played the way she could. She was hitting really well, far more precise than in the two sets before. There weren't as many errors and quite a few winners.

Siegemund had no choice but to counter; however, it didn't work. She made far too many mistakes to remain competitive. That's why Rybakina broke early, and from there on, it was a pretty simple cruise to the finish line. The final score was 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 for the Kazakhstani player.

Elena Rybakina vs Laura Siegemund Match Stats:

Elena Rybakina 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 Laura Siegemund 
5 Aces 1
3 Double Faults 3
66% First Serve % 70%
75% (44/59) Points Won After First Serve % 56% (41/73)
48% (15/31) Points Won After Second Serve % 58% (18/31)
33% (4/12) Break Point Conversion 23% (3/13)
29 Winners 13
46 Unforced Errors 30


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