With ease, Elena Rybakina, the defending Wimbledon champion, defeated her opponent in the second round of the Australian Open at John Cain Arena. Many people were shocked and upset when Rybakina’s first-round match at the Australian Open was scheduled to take place on Court 13 since the reigning Wimbledon champion was not given any respect or acknowledgment.
The Australian Open officials reportedly took note of the emotions and chose John Cain Arena for Rybakina’s second-round matchup against Kaja Juvan. Rybakina defeated Juvan 6-2 6-1 in her first match on a significant Grand Slam surface since Wimbledon.
Rybakina, who also competed in the US Open first round on Court 12, appeared intent on making a statement during her match against Juvan.
Rybakina’s victory over Juvan sends a loud and clear message.
Rybakina started well and beat Juvan with breaks in the fourth and eighth games of the first set on one of the largest Australian Open courts.
Rybakina and Juvan were even after the opening two games of the second set, each having won one game. Then Rybakina successfully converted back-to-back breaks to win five straight games and defeat Juvan. Juvan was broken twice by Rybakina throughout their perfect match, which lasted two sets.
Furthermore, Rybakina denied Juvan even a single break point. Rybakina will now face a tremendously challenging third-round test at the Australian Open. Rybakina will face Danielle Collins, who reached the Australian Open finals the previous year, in her subsequent encounter.
It will be the second encounter between Rybakina and Collins in the 2023 campaign. In the opening round of Adelaide 1 two weeks ago, Rybakina came back to defeat Collins 5-7 6-2 6-3 after falling behind a set. The third round action at Melbourne Park will undoubtedly be highlighted by the match between Rybakina and Collins, who will be playing once more.
It is uncertain whether Rybakina will be able to defeat Collins for the second time this season, but the match will undoubtedly be played on a large court.