Lost a heartbreaker against Svitolina in the Bronze medal match. Elena won the first set easily and was up 61 31, then lost the second set in a tiebreak. She regrouped and was up 41 in the third but didn't win any more games. In the last game when Svitolina served for it Elena saved 6 MPs but lost in the end. I still love her game and expect some big results from her during her career, but this was another opportunity missed, just like the semi.
Olympic bronze medal match: (15) Rybakina lt. (4) Svitolina 6-1 6-7(5) 4-6
another heartbreaking loss again
Rybakina led by 6-1 3-1,
had 2 BPs in 3-0 40-15* and led 4-1 in the 3rd
but lost 5 games in a row after then.
Svitolina's ball retrieving skill in last games was awesome.
Higher ranked players are superior in winning "never-lost" key points in their matches (not means match point or set point), even though she is slumping.
Hope Rybakina learns much from these tough loss and makes progress in this aspect.
San Jose QF: (2) Rybakina lt. (7) Collins 6-7(5) 6-7(4)
her mental problem becomes worse and worse now.
She had 2 SPs in 5-3* 40-15 in the 1st set and had many BPs in the 2nd, but too passive to convert any one.
Commit worst error at worst moment in the tiebreaker and lost.
same old story. How many time does she repeated only since Olympic semifinal?
To say sorry, unless she changes something (new psychologist, new coach, new training or somewhat?), mental block will remain and she won't win any big thing in her tennis career.
Montreal 1R: (12) Rybakina lt. Samsonova 4-6 7-5 4-6
Indeed Lena's poor mentality cost this match again.
but I no longer was disappointed with this loss.
Lena was mostly overpowered in this match though she hit so many aces,
and even if she won this match, highly unlikely to beat SST in 2R.
In the 2nd set, Lena won only 2 points on her return till the 10th game
but Lyuda suddenly collapsed in the last game and gave the set.
Lyuda began to dominate her service game again in the 3rd set.
but she became nervous again in the 8th and 10th game.
Lena had 15-40 situation in both game but couldn't convert any one,
one error in those BPs was even comical.