Rybakina: "Having been a champion is something that gives me confidence."

The Kazakh tennis player returns to the Wimbledon semifinals, where Barbora Krejcikova awaits. "Today I am a more experienced player, although there are always nerves."

Fernando Murciego | 10 Jul 2024 | 17.39
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has accumulated in the individual bracket has only dropped one set along the way.

, making her the top contender for the title. She had already achieved this a couple of seasons ago, but the Kazakh player is aware that she must not relax. After defeating Svitolina and now facing Krejcikova, the world No. 4 spoke to the press to share her feelings at this stage of the tournament.

to the semifinals of Wimbledon and the way I played today. I'm looking forward to tomorrow's match. Having won the title before gives me confidence, of course, but at the same time, it's something that's already happened. Everyone here wants to win, everyone will push hard, so I'll try not to dwell on the past and focus solely on the next match."

with my performance."

, it's true, although today the service percentages weren't as high as in previous days. I felt I played pretty well from the baseline, I felt my shots were good and effective. I have no complaints; I'm quite pleased with my performance."

. She is a great player, we already know this; she has very good hands. I haven't seen who she has been playing against in this tournament, but I am convinced that she is showing a lot of confidence. Moreover, she is also still in the doubles bracket, so it will be a very tough match."

far as to reach these stages of the tournament. I am sure I have become a much more experienced player; now I know better what I need to do, although there are always nerves every time you step onto the court. In the end, it's always the same; it's tennis, but I think I handle it much better now than before."

in my past three matches. I believe I have demonstrated a high level of tennis in these last rounds, although sometimes I felt a bit off with my serve, but then I was steady with my groundstrokes. The truth is that I am playing with quite a bit of confidence, but we know that if you lose focus, anything can happen, so I hope nothing happens tomorrow. I will try to stay focused, especially in crucial moments."

. In 2022, I was much more nervous than now, that I can assure you. It was the first time I played on Centre Court, with a lot of people and a lot of attention on my shoulders. Now, after so long, let's say I have gradually gotten used to it, now I approach matches differently."

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