'I Was Not At My Best': Rybakina Honest About Her Physical Struggles After Miami Final

'I Was Not At My Best': Rybakina Honest About Her Physical Struggles After Miami Final

by Erik Virostko

Elena Rybakina was far from her best at the 2024 Miami Open, and she admitted that after the final match.

The world no. 4 enjoyed a very successful week of tennis at the WTA 1000 tournament in Miami, and even though she was one of the favourite at any event that she entered in 2024, it maybe came a bit as a surprise in Miami.

Rybakina was forced to withdraw from the Indian Wells Open, and she made the decision about the Miami Open participation last-minute, eventually electing to play in the event.

On top of that, she struggled with physical issues, that she wasn't afraid to talk about throughout the event, and quite apparently, her play was impacted by it also in the final, even though her opponent, Danielle Collins just played a very solid match.

"Well, we played before a couple of times, and it was always tough matches. She's playing very aggressive. I think just these first few shots of the point, you need to be very reactive."

After praising her opponent's approach and play, Rybakina also spoke about herself, admitting that she was not playing at her best, because of the physical issues that were hampering her.

"Of course physically I was not at my best so I couldn't push myself. Maybe I should have maybe just risked a little bit more when I had these breakpoints, but again, the conditions are tough. The ball, especially if it's not new, is not going that well. Also the percentage of my first serve was not the best today."

Still, Collins played an incredible match, and for Rybakina, the loss was a mix of not playing so well with playing against someone who has enjoyed sensational two weeks.

"So overall, I think it was just tough to compete against someone who is playing so well these two weeks. I think physically she was much fresher than me."


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