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Wimbledon claims another victim as Anna Kalinskaya retires versus Elena Rybakina.

The start of the Rybakina versus Kalinskaya match was not the same as the ending.

 

 

 

 

There should be little doubt that Elena Rybakina is now the clear favorite to win Wimbledon on the ladies’ side. She won the event only two years ago, and her game is tailor-made for grass courts. She is an overpowering serve with immense groundstrokes. The Grand Slam is hers to lose.

Only her fourth-round match against Anna Kalinskaya did not begin that way. The Russian got an early break off the Kazakh, and Kalinskaya looked full of confidence and was striking the ball well. Tennis fans could not be sure who might still win the match, but we certainly appeared on the verge of seeing a classic.

Then Rybakina’s form picked up and she reeled off eight straight games to take a commanding lead in the second set after taking the first. The issue for Kalinskaya was not that she suddenly began to play poorly overall, but she began to feel a great deal of pain. What was unclear was exactly where from.

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