Title candidate Elena Rybakina gives ill forfeit for third round at Roland Garros: “Right decision”

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Fourth seed Elena Rybakina (WTA 4) has forfeited her third round match at Roland Garros on Saturday. She would compete against the Spanish Sara Sorribes Tormo (WTA 132).

Jens HeylenBron: BELGIAN

Rybakina warmed up on Saturday morning, but decided to cancel shortly before the match at Court Philippe-Chatrier because she felt ill. “It’s the only right decision because it’s hard to play like that,” the tennis star explained. “I am very disappointed but such is life. I wanted to give 100 percent, but I’m anything but 100 percent myself.”

The 23-year-old Kazakh, who was born in Moscow, is the reigning Wimbledon champion and losing finalist at the last Australian Open. In Paris, a quarter-final (in 2021) is her best result so far. She came to Roland Garros with a tournament victory in Rome and was one of the title contenders.

Sara Sorribes Tormo pushes through to the eighth finals without playing, a first in a grand slam tournament for the 26-year-old Spanish. Her next opponent will be the Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova (WTA 23) or the Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia (WTA 14).

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