Rybakina again underlines French Open credentials

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Elena Rybakina hits a instrumentality    during the French Open lucifer  against Linda NoskovaElena Rybakina won her 30th lucifer of the 2023 play by beating Linda Noskova, with lone Aryna Sabalenka (31) earning more
Dates: 28 May-11 June Venue: Roland Garros, Paris
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Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina underlined wherefore she is among the French Open favourites with a convincing triumph implicit rising Czech prima Linda Noskova.

Kazakhstan's Rybakina won 6-3 6-3 against the 18-year-old to determination into the 3rd circular connected the Paris clay.

Rybakina, 23, showed her quality connected the reddish ungraded by winning the Italian Open rubric past week and this was her eighth successive triumph connected the surface.

The 4th effect volition play Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo successful the past 32.

Rybakina is portion of the emerging 'big three' connected the WTA Tour, alongside Poland's Iga Swiatek and Belarus' Aryna Sabalenka, with the trio having won the past 4 Grand Slam titles betwixt them.

They are the starring players connected the WTA Tour this season, though the Kazakh is inactive 4th successful the 52-week rankings - down American Jessica Pegula - aft not receiving points for winning Wimbledon past year.

Rybakina reached the Australian Open last successful January, losing to Sabalenka, but showed with the triumph against Noskova she looks susceptible of going acold astatine Roland Garros.

Her champion show came successful 2021 erstwhile she reached the quarter-finals.

Top effect Swiatek, the defending champion, continues her bid for a 3rd French Open rubric erstwhile she faces American satellite fig 102 Claire Liu aboriginal connected Thursday.

Sabalenka, 25, is already done to the 3rd round, earning different straight-set triumph erstwhile she bushed compatriot Iryna Shymanovich connected Wednesday.

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