Make it nine consecutive Wimbledon wins for Elena Rybakina
Elena Rybakina won against Alize Cornet 6-2, 7-6 (2) on Thursday evening and will play wildcard Katie Boulter in the next round
Kazakh Elena Rybakina, the No 3 seed, won against Frenchwoman Alize Cornet 6-2, 7-6 (2) to advance to the third round of Wimbledon at the All England Club in London on Thursday evening.
The defending champ engaged in a heated second set with Cornet, and eventually squeaked past the Frenchwoman in the tiebreak to close out her ninth consecutive Wimbledon victory in one hour and 48 minutes.
Rybakina, ranked No 3, will face wildcard Katie Boulter next.
Rybakina cracked 36 winners against 40 unforced errors, while Cornet struck just seven winners against 12 unforced.
The No 3 seed fired four aces, won 39 of 50 first-serve points and saved all six break points she faced to improve to 12-1 lifetime at SW19.
12 – Elena Rybakina is the player with the joint-most Women's Singles wins in the Open Era in Wimbledon after 13 matches played (12), level with Ann Jones, Billie Jean King, Evonne Goolagong and Maria Sharapova. Garden.#Wimbledon | @WTA @WTA_insider pic.twitter.com/4TTlyKxeD3— OptaAce (@OptaAce) July 6, 2023
Speaking to the media following her win, Rybakina gave her thoughts on the match:
“I started really well. Happy that in the end managed to win in two sets because the second one was quite tricky,” said the 24-year-old.
“Today was much better coming out. Yeah, first set I played really well. I had much more energy than in the second one. I think that now, after the first one, it just got better.”
Ahead of her victory, the Kazakh defeated American Shelby Rogers (4-6, 6-1, 6-2).
Cornet, ranked No 74, beat Japanese lucky loser Nao Hibino (6-2, 6-2) in the previous round of The Championships.
London (Grand Slam), other second-round results (All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, grass, GBP 16.077.000, most recent results first):
- Ons Jabeur vs. Zhuoxuan Bai
- Varvara Gracheva vs. Aryna Sabalenka
- Irina-Camelia Begu vs. Anna Blinkova
- Madison Brengle vs. Ekaterina Alexandrova
- Jule Niemeier vs. Dalma Galfi
- Viktorija Golubic vs. Madison Keys
- Marta Kostyuk vs. Paula Badosa
- Aliaksandra Sasnovich vs. Petra Kvitova
- Natalija Stevanovic vs. Tamara Korpatsch
- Bianca Andreescu vs. Anhelina Kalinina
- Jessica Pegula (4) beat Cristina Bucsa: 6-1, 6-4
- Anastasia Potapova vs. Kaja Juvan: thursday
- Belinda Bencic (14) beat Danielle Collins: 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3)
- Donna Vekic (20) beat Sloane Stephens: 4-6, 7-5, 6-4
- Caroline Garcia (5) beat Leylah Fernandez: 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (6)
- Elisabetta Cocciaretto beat Rebeka Masarova: 6-3, 6-1
- Katie Boulter beat Viktoriya Tomova: 6-0, 3-6, 6-3
- Marie Bouzkova (32) beat Anett Kontaveit: 6-1, 6-2
- Magda Linette (23) beat Barbora Strycova: 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3
- Sorana Cirstea beat Jelena Ostapenko (17): 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4
- Beatriz Haddad Maia (13) beat Jaqueline Cristian: 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
- Mirra Andreeva (Q) beat Barbora Krejcikova (10): 6-3, 4-0 ret.
- Marketa Vondrousova beat Veronika Kudermetova (12): 6-3, 6-3
- Victoria Azarenka (19) beat Nadia Podoroska: 6-3, 6-0
- Ana Bogdan beat Alycia Parks: 1-6, 6-3, 6-2
- Lesia Tsurenko beat Katerina Siniakova: 6-4, 6-1
- Sofia Kenin (Q) beat Xinyu Wang: 6-4, 6-3
- Elina Svitolina (WC) beat Elise Mertens (28): 6-1, 1-6, 6-1
- Petra Martic (30) beat Diane Parry: 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
- Iga Swiatek (1) beat Sara Sorribes Tormo: 6-2, 6-0
- Daria Kasatkina (11) beat Jodie Burrage (WC): 6-0, 6-2