The Wimbledon champion has been knocked out of the opening round of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic, losing to Daria Kasatkina. This is her WTA return after the Grand Slam and he has admitted that she had had trouble starting up again.
The opening match, which ended 1-6, 6-2, 6-0, was a difficult one for the Kazakhstan player. She was embraced with a huge reception on her return. She is yet to adjust to the attention and has said that it has only started to sink in that she is Grand Slam champion.
“It hasn’t been easy. But I met so many people and it was super nice to see all the kids in Kazakhstan. I didn’t sleep for three days and then was resting for five,” Elena Rybakina was quoted as saying by the San Francisco Chronicle.
“When everything calmed down, I realized it was pretty special,” she said.
She had taken a break to recover from the victory. She is eager to play but is uncertain if her competitive shape would hold up.
“I had a bit of a longer vacation,” she said. “It was ten days of not playing and not even fitness, it is difficult to start up again.”
She lost to 7th-seeded Kasatkina in the opening round, despite bolting to a quick lead in the first set.
“I was trying to be more consistent, first of all. She’s an incredible player, she just won a Slam and she’s one of the most aggressive players on tour.”
“What I can do is to make her miss,” Kasatkina said on-court following the victory. Kasatkina is currently ranked No.12. One of the best finishes of her career to date was the semifinals of this year’s French Open.