Rybakina into quarter final after Kalinskaya retires with wrist injury

By Paul Lagan at Wimbledon
Centre Court
Rybakina v Kalinskaya

6-3, 3-0 retired

It took Elena Rybakina just 53 minutes to reach the quarter-final after her Russian, playing at Wimbledon as a neutral retired after just three games of the second set having lost the first.
A right arm injury seemed to be the issue and while she tried to continue playing, it all got too much for her.
Elena Rybakina, a former champions just two years ago made a dreadful start against her opponent losing her service game to love while Anna Kalinskaya raced to 2-0 lead.
The Kazakhstanian recovered some composure and the games went with serve to make it 3-2 to the 17th seed.

Kalinskaya Picure by Paul Lagan
Kalinskaya Picure by Paul Lagan

And then the tide of the match seem to turn in the No4 seed’s favour.
Using her 6ft tall frame to great advantage Rybakina moved Kalinskaya all over the court and broke her serve easily to love, to level the set. She continued to overwhelm the woman on the other side of the net, winning her service game to love to edge forward for the first time in the match.
Kalinskaya had a medical time out during the break,  but failed to hold her serve leaving Rybakina to serve out the set, which she did – eventually — after a could of set points were saved by Kalinskaya.
The Russian then lost her service. Her inability to play any shot with power an indication that her right arm was still causing her problems.
Then it was 2-0 soon to be 3-0 before the Russian retired, leaving the court to sympathetic applause from the crowd.


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