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Elena Rybakina, a Kazakh of Russian origin in the final

Elena Rybakina is about to play in the Wimbledon final. MATTHEW CHILDS / REUTERS

Born and educated in Russia, naturalized Kazakh in 2018 and living in Moscow, the 23-year-old is playing her first Grand Slam final, the year players from her country of origin are banned from Wimbledon…

At Wimbledon,

The royal family will have to deal with it. Before their eyes, this Saturday against Ons Jabeur (3 p.m. in France), a young girl born in Moscow and who still resides in the Russian capital will evolve. An ironic situation as players from this country, as well as Belarusians, are banned from Wimbledon due to the invasion of Ukraine. The first player from Kazakhstan to play in a Grand Slam final, Elena Rybakina was trained at club Spartak Moscow and grew up alongside former glory Andrey Chesnokov in the Russian capital. “I don’t live anywhere“, she assured. She recalled that she now trains most of the time in Slovakia or Dubai when she is not in tournaments. If it is obvious that she still feels Russian, her native language, it is difficult for her to express it at a press conference.

Naturalized Kazakh in 2018, the 23rd in the world declared: “I’m really happy to represent Kazakhstan. They believed in me. I have…

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