‘Despite the defeat it’s a great start’: Elena Rybakina hopeful of making it big in the upcoming tournaments

World No. 4 Elena Rybakina was bidding to win her first Madrid Open title but lost a hard-fought semifinal to World No.2 Aryna Sabalenka. Despite a 6-1 lead, the Kazakh star tried her best to capitalize on it but eventually lost to the Belarusian with a 1-6, 7-5, 7-6(7-5) scoreline. 

Rybakina, however, was happy with her strong performance in the semifinal and with how she felt physically on the track. She thought she played well and only a few points ended the match in Sabalenka’s favor