Sport News: Elena Rybakina Withdraws from French Open Due to Illness
Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina has announced her withdrawal from the third round of the French Open due to illness. The Kazakh athlete was set to face Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo, but her fever and headache made it impossible for her to perform. Rybakina had won the recent Italian Open, making her a favourite for the title at Roland Garros. However, she joins a long list of athletes who have been forced out of major tournaments due to unforeseen circumstances. LSI keywords: tennis news, sports headlines
Big Three on WTA Tour
Rybakina is part of the ‘big three’ on the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) tour alongside Iga Swiatek and Aryna Sabalenka. These players have dominated Grand Slam events in recent years and are expected to continue their success in 2021. Swiatek aims for another title win as she plays in Paris later today while Sabalenka has already progressed through to the last 16. Despite not receiving points after winning Wimbledon last year, Rybakina is still fourth in this season’s rankings behind American Jessica Pegula. LSI keywords: WTA tour, tennis champions
Rybakina’s withdrawal from the French Open is a reminder that even top-ranked players are vulnerable to illness and other unforeseen circumstances. Such events only serve to highlight the importance of maintaining good health for athletes at all times. As we head into the second half of 2021, there is much anticipation surrounding upcoming major tournaments on the WTA tour. With the ‘big three’ and other contenders battling it out for prestigious titles, tennis fans can expect plenty of excitement in store.