RELEASE: Elena Rybakina enters the top ten of the world ranking of singles

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RELEASE: Elena Rybakina enters the top ten of the world ranking of singles

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- Elena Rybakina becomes the first player in Kazakhstan tennis history to break into the top ten of the world singles rankings

ASTANA, Kazakhstan, February 1, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- The Kazakhstan Tennis Federation is pleased to congratulate Elena Rybakina on making her top 10 world ranking debut starting today. After a tough match, Elena Rybakina ceded the championship to fifth seed Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus in the final of the Australian Open with a score of 4:6, 6:3, 6:4 in three sets. The tennis players spent almost 2.5 hours on the court.

"I want to thank my team for the great work we have done during the pre-season and for the last 3-4 years. Thanks to my coach, my family, sponsors. President of our Kazakhstan Tennis Federation […], thank you very much for support," said Elena Rybakina.

Bulat Utemuratov, General Director of the Kazakhstan Tennis Federation, commented regarding Elena's performance:

"Thank you to Elena for giving it your all, once again, with her impressive tennis performance and for representing the successful development of tennis in our country. Reaching the final of the Australian Open is in itself a sign of continued growth and quality. A Throughout the course of the tournament, Elena managed to defeat the women's world tennis leader, Iga Swiatek, and other strong top 20 ranked contenders, three of whom are Grand Slam winners.It is clear that Elena is feeling more and more confident. on different types of surfaces, intelligently adapting her tactics depending on her opponents and improving her game. Hopefully this great performance at the Australian Open will mark the beginning of a very successful year for Elena."

This Australian Open was a historic moment for Kazakhstan, which has been investing heavily in the development of tennis in the country. This year, the Federation celebrates its 30th anniversary. Among other areas of focus, in recent years he has been working on nurturing youthful talent that could take the country to the next level on the international tennis stage in the future.

On supporting women in tennis, Bulat Utemuratov added:

"Elena's performance at the Australian Open is also another important step for tennis in Kazakhstan, and especially for the women's game. We are focused on growing the sport at the grassroots level, with girls of all ages performing strongly. Along with our professional tennis players and their achievements, we would also like to recognize junior girls participating in ITF Juniors, ITF World Tennis Tour, ATF Juniors, Tennis Europe and other tournaments, as well as Grand Slam (Australian Open) tournaments. , French Open, Wimbledon, US Open)."

A few days ago, Albina Kakenova became a finalist of the Australian Open 2023 Asia-Pacific Elite 14 tournament.

In addition, three judges from Kazakhstan participated in Wimbledon for the first time last year. One of them, Yulia Ignatchenko, became the first female judge from Kazakhstan to win the 'Silver Badge' as chair umpire.

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