The Kazakh has given a coup of authority in the debut of the WTA 1000 in Beijing. Rybakina has been far superior to Qinwen Zheng who played at home and had just won the Asian Games.
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Expected was the first duel in Beijing of one Elena Rybakina who had had some controversy with the WTA in recent weeks. The Kazakh arrived without playing since the US Open due to the demands of the women’s calendar. This time she faced the local idol in the debut of the WTA 1000 in Beijing Qinwen Zheng, which had just won a gold medal in the Olympic Games and secured its place in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, which will be held next year. In the face to face a precedent and Rybakina won quickly at Wimbledon, although this time a more even duel was expected.
Rybakina and a first fast-track victory
Rybakina started very successful and aggressive. On the court you could see a player with one gear more than her rival. Qinwen Zheng came out a little cold and she also felt nervous about playing at home, always an added pressure. Suddenly the score was 5-0 in favor of Elena. Only her rival was able to make up the score and make it 1-5, although without major problems Elena Rybakina won the first set 6-1 in only 25 minutes.
The good news for the public is that Qinwen Zheng started in charge in the second set. Of course, everything soon became cloudy and once again Rybakina was the one who imposed her game with powerful blows and winners. Zheng was also erratic and seemed not very cheerful. Her rival went up to 5-1 and was on the verge of victory. Winning the eighth blank game by She eliminated Qinwen Zheng 6-2 after a bad match by the Chinese and advanced to the second round. Rybakina starts off strong in Beijing.
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