Rybakina withdraws from Eastbourne International, casting doubt on Wimbledon readiness

Monday, 24 June 2024 at 22:30
Elena Rybakina has withdrawn from the WTA 500 Eastbourne International just days before the start of Wimbledon. On Thursday, June 21, the Kazakh player retired during her quarterfinal match at the Berlin Ladies Open, citing abdominal discomfort during the first set against Victoria Azarenka.
In recent days, Rybakina had been training regularly in Eastbourne, seemingly overcoming her physical issues. However, on Monday it was announced that the first seed withdrew from the tournament, where she was scheduled to debut on Wednesday, June 26, against Harriet Dart in the Round of 16.

Top seed Rybakina withdraws from Eastbourne

Rybakina's season has been a mix of highs and lows. When on court, she has demonstrated her status as a world-class player, boasting an excellent 35-7 record (83%) and three titles this season, along with two other finals. However, she has withdrawn from tournaments three times this season, in addition to retiring mid-match against Azarenka last week.
No official reason has been given for Rybakina's withdrawal from Eastbourne, although according to Tennis Letter, it is not related to last week's issues. With just one week until Wimbledon, where Rybakina is the 4th seed and the defending champion, there is no indication she will miss her debut.
Interestingly, in 2023, Rybakina also withdrew from the Eastbourne International the week before Wimbledon and then reached the quarterfinals without showing any physical problems despite prior concerns.

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