Clara Burel beats Wimbledon winner Elena Rybakina in US Open first round

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Clara Burel beats Wimbledon winner Elena Rybakina in US Open first round

Clara Burel was very right to save four match points in the last qualifying round on Friday. On Tuesday, she piled up a fourth victory in a row at Flushing Meadows by eliminating Elena Rybakina (6-4, 6-4 in 1:31).

In addition to appearing in 25th place in the world, the Kazakh is also the champion of the last Wimbledon. This is to say if the victory of Burel, who had never dominated a top 50 player in a tournament, had nothing written.

Moreover, Rybakina obtained no less than six break points during the first two service games of the Frenchwoman. But in vain. It was the Kazakh who dictated the game, her feet almost on her baseline, when Burel played from further away, sometimes at the mercy of opposing angles.

But little by little, the discounts of the 131st world, their length and their variations, in particular, began to get the better of the precision of Rybakina, who gave up his engagement at 2-2. Ditto after returning to 4-4. A long restroom break from the Kazakh at the end of the first round did not divert Burel from his good intentions. Mobile, skilful, clever, she broke from the start (2-0) then clung to her service games until the end.

Around Venus?

Too generous (37 unforced errors in total), Elena Rybakina saw a final long-line winning reverse from the Frenchwoman pass under her nose, at the same time her hopes of succeeding in a great US Open. The first round of the tournament was not over when the two singles winners at Wimbledon were already missing.

This victory, which lit up her face, will allow Clara Burel to once again be close to the top 100 at the end of this US Open, and to become at least French n°5 again in the WTA ranking. But, above all, his tournament is not over. Although she has just eliminated the No. 25 seed, she could also have a much more exposed next match, in the media. She will face, on Thursday, the winner of the first round which will oppose the Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck to … Venus Williams.

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