Elena Rybakina is a professional tennis player from Kazakhstan. She was born on June 17, 1999, in Moscow, Russia, but represents Kazakhstan in international competition.
Rybakina started playing tennis at the age of six and turned professional in 2016. She made her WTA main draw debut in 2018 and has since made steady progress up the rankings.
In 2019, Rybakina reached her first WTA singles final at the Bucharest Open, where she finished as the runner-up to Patricia Maria Țig. Later that year, she reached the semifinals of the Wuhan Open and the Luxembourg Open, as well as the quarterfinals of the Kremlin Cup.
In 2020, Rybakina had a breakout season, reaching four WTA singles finals and winning two of them. She won her first WTA singles title at the Hobart International, defeating Zhang Shuai in the final, and later won the inaugural edition of the Lyon Open, defeating Fiona Ferro in the final. She also reached the final of the Dubai Tennis Championships and the Internationaux de Strasbourg, where she finished as the runner-up on both occasions.
Rybakina continued to make waves on the tour in 2021, reaching the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, the fourth round of the French Open, and the third round of Wimbledon. She also won her third WTA singles title at the grass-court event in Berlin.
Known for her powerful serve and aggressive baseline game, Rybakina is considered one of the most promising young players on the WTA tour. She has already reached a career-high ranking of No. 17 in the world and is expected to continue climbing the rankings in the years to come.