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In before Moscow.

I mean, these are not big tournaments but still, she's won a WTA title without dropping a set, now wins in straight sets in the next week. All after doing nothing of note up to this point - she's young, but we've seen younger players breakthrough. Can someone explain the sudden rise? What is the perspective for the future?
 

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She is a 20-year old American who moved to Kazakhstan at the age of 7 to play tennis and make lots of money.
She is doing the reverse of what Sharapova did. It was about time. :) :) :)
 

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I think if she keeps her results up, she and Puti might be great for Tokyo 2020. She's Russian but began competing for Kazakhstan in 2018 I believe.
 

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She is a 20-year old American who moved to Slovakia at the age of 7 to play tennis and make lots of money.
She is doing the reverse of what Sharapova did. It was about time. :) :) :)
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She's a good player who is possibly having her breakthrough year. Her game finally clicked into place (happens to every player that made it into the top 100, sometimes earlier, sometimes later). We need to see her at least against one or two top players (top 20) then we can really talk, see where her level is at.

Currently she looks like a player who is way better than her ranking suggests, so she is obviously going up the rankings. I would not be surprised if a year from now she is a top 20 player.
 

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She's just had a very solid 2019, not just an excellent July.

Tennis Abstract: Elena Rybakina WTA Match Results, Splits, and Analysis

Right from Playford really - reached the final there and beat a couple of half decent players, then won a W60 title beating Siegemund and other fringe top 100 players. Won successive W25s in Russia, and actually playing live opponents rather than purposely targeting weaker regions and, in boxing terms, padding her record. That obviously got her confident in her ability - consistently beating those ranked around the 150-250 mark where she herself was copeting, allowing her to move up to the next level which was WTA Istanbul in April where she beat solid enough top 50 (or former top 50) players like Siniakova, Babos and Parmentier and really should have beaten Strycova - but you don't take a 6-0 set off someone like Barbora and then get to 5-5 in the tie break if you don't have something about you. She then qualified for RG, and WTA Hertengenbosch was another coming out party of sorts.

She's knocked off over 100 places since the start of the year and has just gradually been moving up the levels and realising her potential, which was fairly clear to begin with.
 

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She was a top 3 junior, she beat Garcia to reach the St Petersburg QFs when she was ranked 450 last year, she's moved through the ITFs pretty fast for a few years and very, very fast this year. Istanbul QFs, Slam debut at RG, 's-Hertogenbosch SFs.

She hasn't come "out of nowhere" at all. Rybakina has been tipped for a very good career for YEARS now. But not everyone has the right connections to get Slam WCs at 15 or 16 and they have to actually work their way up the rankings.
 
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