Elena Rybakina has reacted strongly to options that Russia will attempt to politicize her Wimbledon title triumph, insisting that she has been representing Kazakhstan for a number of years now. The 23-year-old switched allegiances from Russia to Kazakhstan in 2018 after the Kazakh Tennis Federation promised to again her financially.
She had been tipped as a future star on the WTA Tour throughout her teenage years however it was in 2020 when she actually made her breakthrough earlier than representing Kazakhstan ultimately summer time’s Olympics the place she misplaced within the bronze medal match. With prime seeds falling at Wimbledon this summer time, Rybakina discovered a route by way of to the ultimate with spectacular wins over Ajla Tomljanovic and Simona Halep amongst others.
All through the Championships, Rybakina was requested about her affiliation to Russia having been born in Moscow again in 1999. Wimbledon took the controversial resolution to ban Russian and Belarusian gamers from this yr’s Championships as a result of ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
However as Rybakina performs below Kazakhstan’s flag, she was allowed to play and apparently has not had any ties with the Russian Tennis Federation. Regardless of her present citizenship, Russia has appeared to try to declare Rybakina’s success at Wimbledon this summer time as their very own.