Watch: Elena Rybakina’s elegant gesture following her victory over Jule Niemeier in Stuttgart

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In Stuttgart, Elena Rybakina defeated Jule Niemeier and then displayed her refined side by applauding the German’s trick shot. On Wednesday, Rybakina, the sixth-seeded player, defeated Niemeier 7-5, 6-3. Starting the second set’s fourth game, Niemeier executed a successful tweener on Rybakina.

“And especially tweener – I wasn’t ready – it was really nice from her,” Rybakina said following the match.

On defeating Niemeier, Rybakina

No break points appeared in the opening set until the 12th game, when Rybakina broke Niemeier to win the first set.

Rybakina lost the opening game of the second set after taking the closely contested first set. Rybakina, however, overcame the deficit in the second set by breaking Niemeier in the sixth and eighth games to seal a two-set victory.

“I rushed a little bit in the second set. It wasn’t simple because there was a break right away. In the end, the serve was quite helpful in helping me find my game. According to Rybakina after the match, “I thought Jule played pretty well today, especially the tweener, it was really good from her.

Fifth-seeded Cori Gauff also competed earlier in the day. Despite having a difficult day at the job, Gauff was able to defeat Veronika Kudermetova, who was ranked 13th, by a score of 6-2 4-6 7-6 (3).

“Wow, that was close. In the game, I had chances. Again, I’m not anticipating a straightforward battle. Each week, she has been playing better and better. Against her, someone who can make some big shots, I think I’m just going to have to retain that aggressive approach,” Gauff said.

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Gauff’s opponent in the round of 16 in Stuttgart will be Anastasia Potapova. Rybakina will compete against Beatriz Haddad Maia in the meantime. Gauff and Rybakina might clash in the Stuttgart semifinal.

Watch: Elena Rybakina’s elegant gesture following her victory over Jule Niemeier in Stuttgart
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