Elena Rybakina failed to complete the iconic Sunshine Double but she's remained upbeat about her positive month in the US.
Rybakina came there without too many expectations wanting to show her best tennis and see where it takes her and it's been a really good experience overall. She won the Indian Wells beating Aryna Sabalenka in the final which was a big win for her after the Australian Open. That was followed up with a great run in Miami but also a loss in the final which was disappointing.
Just happy with two weeks overall. Not so happy with the second set of course, but I think it's still [been] one positive month here in U.S. I think Iga [Swiatek's 2022 winning] streak was the longest, which I remember, and it's not easy at all. Obviously it's gonna come the day you're gonna lose, so I don't really count on that.
The match was iconic in many ways but Kvitova was on top for much of it. Even in the first set were players traded games, Kvitova seemed a bit more sure in her game though the Kazakh player had chances in the longest tiebreak ever in an WTA 1000 match.
[Kvitova] played really well. The second set I think, overall, it was not easy after the first set. I think second [set,] she was also more free to hit, to maybe risk a bit more. I think that in the second I just didn't stay disciplined and was a bit rushing. Maybe if the first set would have gone my way it would have been different, the second [set], but of course because I was physically a bit tired, I think that's why I didn't have discipline in the important moments.
For Rybakina it's all part of learning and getting that experience which will help her move forward. Clay is coming up and she needs to be ready for that.
I think that every match I play, it's an experience, and one year, it's a lot. Now the goal is still to be healthy, because when even you play that good these two weeks, you never know how you're gonna come out on clay, and you need to do good preparation also there. That's the most important.