According to the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), Kazakhstan’s top seed Elena Rybakina won the Brisbane International on January 7 by defeating Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus, ranked No. 2 in the world, 6-0, 6-3.
After former world No. 3 Wendy Turnbull awarded her the Evonne Goolagong Cawley Trophy, Rybakina shared her feelings on the court, recognizing the difficulty of competing against her opponent regardless of the result.
“We always push each other, and I think that is great. We improve this way, so hopefully, we continue,”,Rybakina remarked.
Rybakina, the 2022 Wimbledon winner, won the important tournament in Australia with confidence, and President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev congratulated her and wished her further success in sports.
As the player who won the most sets with a score of 6-0/6-1 in the opening week of the 2024 WTA season, Rybakina—who will now be ranked third in the world—was given the unique title of Baker of the Week.
Anna Danilina, a tennis player from Kazakhstan, won the WTA 250 ASB Classic Auckland tournament in New Zealand, which propelled her up ten spots to 44th in the WTA doubles rankings.
In the final, Danilina and the Slovakian Viktória Hrunčáková duo defeated the American-Czech duo Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Marie Bouzková.