The world No.10, Elena Rybakina blames the tight scheduling of the events as she misses out on the Qatar Open. The 23-year-old is currently playing in Abu Dhabi Open started yesterday. The Kazakhstani player is in the form of her life with one Wimbledon title and an Australian Open runner-up within a year. She recently came into the top ten of the WTA rankings.
She had an amazing 2023 so far as she reached her first Australian Open Grand Slam final but lost to Aryna Sabalenka. It was a close final where Elena gave her everything but fell short by a little margin. However, she is brimming with confidence ever since her Major finals. She is looking forward to the rest of the season and is currently playing in Abu Dhabi Open.
As a result, she decided to quit participating in the upcoming Qatar Open and blamed the tight schedule of the two tournaments. She further said “Unfortunately I’m not gonna go to Doha. I’m really looking forward to come back next year but this time I’m not going. Schedule-wise it’s not easy to travel so much. I played really well in Melbourne so it’s really better for me just to rest & prepare the next week”
She is gutted to miss the Qatar Open as she feels to miss out on gaining some points and moving up the rankings. But she found it difficult to travel so much and felt she needs enough rest before heading into the next week.
Elena Rybakina advances to the next round of Abu Dhabi Open
Elena Rybakina continues her hot form and reaches the quarterfinals of the Abu Dhabi Open. She defeated Karolína Plíšková in straight sets 6-4, 6-2 in the round of 16 yesterday. She dominated the entire match and didn’t let Pliskova take control. The third seed will be facing Beatriz Haddad Maia, the sixth seed in her next match and it will be an exciting context.
However, she was denied a direct entry to Qatar open and had to play in the qualifiers. That makes her a total of a few extra matches than the five matches to be played. Hence her scheduling didn’t help her to participate and she had to withdraw. Fans were upset regarding this and questioned WTA why should a tenth-ranked player play the qualifiers.
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