NEW YORK: Elena Rybakina accused women tennis leadership “weak” Friday for stripping Wimbledon ranking points due to the banning of the Players Championship from Russia and Belarus.
Rybakina fulfilled a lifelong dream last month when she won 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 over Ons Jabeur in the Wimbledon final to claim her first Grand Slam Title.
But speak before U.S. Open On Friday, Rybakina said she didn’t feel like her career had received the boost that would normally come with her Wimbledon crown.
Under normal circumstances, winning the prestigious grass-court showpiece would have catapulted the 23-year-old into the top 10, and comfortably on track for a spot in the season-ending WTA Finals.
Instead, Rybakina will start her campaign at Flushing Meadows next week as world number 25, prompting the Moscow-born Kazakh to describe her post-Wimbledon experience on Friday as “not the best”.
“I think it’s the problem with the structure of the tour,” Rybakina said.
“Honestly a little weak leadership because we have so much to do. It was my dream to win Wimbledon. It’s (a) shame. I feel like I’m actually not the Wimbledon champion.
“It’s all around. It’s (the) points situation. I don’t think it’s fair. Of course we can’t change it. It was a decision before, nobody talked about it. ”
If ranking points had been awarded at Wimbledon, Rybakina would have been second in the standings going into the WTA Finals. Only the top eight qualify for the tournament and Rybakina is currently 20th in the standings.
“Knowing that from today I’ll be No. 2 on the run (until the WTA Finals) and I’m not able to play the run, I don’t think that’s fair. I not just talking about me, but in general I think with all the decisions, a lot of players are paying for all those decisions,” she said.
“For all these decisions, the players pay. That’s what I’m trying to say. I’m not surprised, and that’s how I feel too, I’m not surprised that in the end we We’ve had many examples where the player is actually young and they got incredible results, but they finally decided to quit tennis.”