Red hot Rybakina reaches fourth round on her Wimbledon debut
Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina is in red hot form this year and has reached the second week of The Championships, on her debut, after defeating America’s Shelby Rogers 61 64 on day five of Wimbledon at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in London, United Kingdom.
Seeded 18th on her Wimbledon debut, Rybakina is scheduled to take on second seed Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus on Monday in her quest for a spot in the quarters. Before her debut at The Championships, the closest she came to play here at the Wimbledon was in 2019 when she lost in the final qualifying.
2021 season has been a dream run for the Kazakh youngster.
Last month at the Roland Garros, 22-year-old Moscow born Rybakina, en route to her maiden quarter-finals appearance at a Major, knocked out women’s tennis legend Serena Williams in their fourth round encounter.
Rybakina also reached the quarters in Women’s doubles but could not surpass the quarter-finals stage in both singles and doubles at the Roland Garros 2021.
A solid testimony to her transition clay to grass is her reaching the semis of the Eastbourne International, the lead up tournament to Wimbledon. Rybakina lost to Latvian star Jalena Ostapenko there.
In the Gentlemen’s doubles draw, Asian players – Alexander Bublik and Aleksandr Nedovyesov of Kazakhstan, Lu Yen-hsun of Chinese Taipe and Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan – tasted defeats on day five of The Championships.
Chinese Taipei pair of Latisha Chan and Chan Hao-ching, who is seeded seventh in Ladies’ doubles draw, advanced to second round after prevailing over Swedish-Romanian duo of Cornelia Lister and Patricia Maria Tig.
The Mixed doubles matches got off to start with India’s Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza winning the unique all-Indian affair in first round. They took one hour nine minutes to push the Wimbledon debutants Ramkumar Ramanathan and Ankita Raina in staright sets 62 76.
Joining Rohan and Sania in the second round of Mixed doubles will be another Indian, Divij Sharan, along with his British better-half Samantha Murray Sharan. The Indo-British pair got into the draw late as alternates and is playing together in Mixed doubles for the first time at Wimbledon. After a evenly poised opener against Uruguay’s Ariel Behar and Kazakhstan’s Galina Voskoboeva, Sharans came out on top with a 63 57 64 win to reach second round.
In today’s action in Gentlemen’s singles, Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan is up against 14th seeded Polish lad Hubert Hurkacz in the third round of The Championships whilst in Gentlemen’s doubles, Ben Mclachlan of Japan, Pakistan’s Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Kazakh Andrey Golubev will be in action along with their respective doubles partners.
Among the Ladies, Hsieh Su-wei, Latisha Chan and Chan Hao-ching of Chinese Taipei, Japanese Makoto Ninomiya, Misaki Doi, Nao Hibino, Ena Shibahara and Shuko Aoyama, India’s Sania Mirza and Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan will take to the courts in doubles today on day six of Wimbledon 2021.
Results of Asian Players from Day five of Wimbledon Championships 2021:
Gentlemen’s Doubles – First Round:
Rafael Matos (BRA)/Thiago Monteiro (BRA) def. Alexander Bublik (KAZ)/Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ) 64 36 1312
Juan Sebastian Cabal (COL)/Robert Farah (COL)  def. Lu Yen-hsun (TPE)/David Pel (NED) 62 64
Nikola Cacic (SRB)/Tomislav Brkic (BIH) def. Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN)/Egor Gerasimov (BLR) 76 64
Ladies’ Singles – Third Round:
Elena Rybakina (KAZ)  def. Shelby Rogers (USA) 61 64
Ladies’ Doubles – First Round:
Yulia Putintseva (KAZ)/Anna Kalinskaya (RUS) def. Samantha Stosur (AUS)/Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 76 63
Lyudmyla Kichenok (UKR)/Makoto Ninomiya (JPN) def. Magda Linette (POL)/Alicja Rosolska (POL) 64 36 97
Lucie Hradecka (CZE)/Marie Bouzkova (CZE)  def. Miyu Kato (JPN)/Renata Voracova (CZE) 76 62
Nao Hibino (JPN)/Kaitlyn Christian (USA) def. Christina McHale (USA)/Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) 63 67 63
Veronika Kudermetova (RUS)/Elena Vesnina (RUS) def. Elena Rybakina (KAZ)/Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 64 62
Latisha Chan (TPE)/Chan Hao-ching (TPE)  def. Cornelia Lister (SWE)/Patricia Maria Tig (ROU) 63 62
Ladies’ Doubles – Second Round:
Varvara Gracheva (RUS)/Oksana Kalashnikova (GEO) def. Arina Rodionova (AUS)/Zarina Diyas (KAZ) 63 61
Mixed Doubles – First Round:
Rohan Bopanna (IND)/Sania Mirza (IND) def. Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND)/Ankita Raina (IND) 62 76
Divij Sharan (IND)/Samantha Murray Sharan (GBR) def. Ariel Behar (URU)/Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) 63 57 64