Re: Istanbul R1: (Q) Rybakina d. (7) Siniakova 3-6 6-2 6-4
I caught a good chunk of the match, and came away quite impressed with Rybakina - it was my first time seeing her.
She served well, hit fearlessly, and had more than enough power to bash through the clay. She moved Siniakova around quite well the whole match, and it probably took a physical toll on the Czech as the match wore on.
Heck, Elena was even willing to come to the net to shorten points. The only problem there was that she missed a lot of makeable volleys - the intention was there, but the execution was not.
As for Siniakova, she was getting teary-eyed toward the end of the match (yes, again) after seeing the youngster erase the deficit between them. She just can't afford to keep getting down on herself - the mental aspect really has to improve. Still can't help cheering for her, though.