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Wimbledon 2024: Elena Rybakina enters quarter-finals as Kalinskaya retires

Wimbledon 2024
Kazakhstan's Elena Rybakina applauds Anna Kalinskaya leaving Centre Court after the Russian retired from their women's singles tennis match on July 8. PHOTO: AFP

LONDON, July 8: Elena Rybakina, the reigning Wimbledon champion, advanced to the quarter-finals after her opponent, Russian 17th seed Anna Kalinskaya, retired due to a suspected right forearm injury.
Kalinskaya was trailing 3-6, 0-3 when she made the decision to withdraw from the match on Monday, reported Reuters.
Despite falling behind early, Rybakina, the sole remaining woman in the draw who has previously won the Venus Rosewater Dish, quickly regained her composure.
The 2022 champion broke back and leveled the score at 3-3 as Kalinskaya began to experience issues with her right forearm, which she had treated after losing another game.
Kalinskaya’s boyfriend, world number one Jannik Sinner, watched anxiously from the Centre Court stands as she appeared to have overcome the problem. However, she was unable to stop Rybakina from securing the first set.
Rybakina, who was born in Moscow but represents Kazakhstan, saved a breakpoint with a powerful ace and consolidated a break in the second set to take a 2-0 lead.
Unfortunately, Kalinskaya’s forearm issues resurfaced, causing her to lose another game and fall behind by a double break.
Visibly disappointed, Kalinskaya made the difficult decision to retire from the match, walking off the court and ending her Wimbledon campaign prematurely.
Alex De Minaur into quarter-finals after beating Arthur Fils
Australia’s Alex De Minaur reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the first time as he beat rising Frenchman Arthur Fils 6-2 6-4 4-6 6-3 on Monday.
The ninth seed looked in control for two sets against the 20-year-old but Fils, bidding to become the youngest Frenchman in the professional era to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final, responded superbly to extend the Court One contest.
De Minaur, watched by his girlfriend Katie Boulter, the British number one, moved clear in the fourth set though to nip the Fils comeback in the bud.
Worryingly for the 25-year-old, who will play seven-time champion Novak Djokovic or Denmark’s Holger Rune in the quarter-finals, he appeared to be in some discomfort at the end.
“I’ll be alright,” De Minaur said on court when asked if he had sustained an injury. “I made it harder than I should have and happy to get over the finish line.”
De Minaur has previously reached two Grand Slam quarter-finals, losing to Dominic Thiem at the 2020 US Open and Alexander Zverev at the French Open this year.
Emma Navarro turfs out Gauff from Wimbledon following all-American duel
Nothing, absolutely nothing, worked for Coco Gauff on Sunday.
The killer shots and the champion’s mentality Gauff had meticulously curated during her run to a maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open last year all went AWOL as her hopes of reaching the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the first time were brutally ended with a 6-4, 6-3 mauling by Emma Navarro. (Agencies)