The Wimbledon Champion- Elena Rybakina’s religion has been a topic of discussion among netizens. Here’s everything you need to know about the Star Tennis Player, faith, Career timeline, and Net worth. Along with it, we will break down her Russia-Kazakh roots, which country she plays for, and which country’s citizenship she has.
Elena Rybakina is a Professional player in Tennis Sport. Her full name is Elena Andreyevna Rybakina. She is a history-maker! Elena is the first player hailing from Kazakh to win the most prestigious Tennis Tournament- Wimbledon. There has been confusion about the country she plays for, we will clear the discourse for the people. She used to play for country Russia from 2013-2018. Presently she plays for the Central Asian country- Kazakhstan as she was granted their citizenship when she migrated there.
What Religion Does Elena Rybakina Follow?
Regarding the religious beliefs of the Athlete, there is a tricky story behind it. Rybakina follows Christian practices despite living in Kazakhstan- a Muslim Majority nation. This is because she is of Russian origin. Till the age of 19, she played from the side of Russia. But the offer from Kazakhstan Tennis Federation that promised her financial assistance in Tennis seemed too tempting in exchange for her changing Russian nationality. Elena went for it and became a Kazakhstan citizen. Moreover, she rejected the offer coming from the United States of America.
Let’s have a look at this Young Athlete’s Career Timeline
Her list of achievements at such young age speaks volumes and liquidates the tough decision- she had to take of changing nationalities. Her professional career began with playing on ITF Women Circuit in the year 2014 at the tender age of 15. She reached finals and won 2 double finals in the year 2017. In February 2018, Elena Rybakina won her first St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy which is a part of Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Tournaments. In the year 2019, she acquired citizenship along with it Financial assistance from Kazakhstan.
Rybakina started playing for Kazakhs now. In the same year, she qualified for the Grand Slam draw but did not make it to the main draw. The 23-year-old tennis star won many ITF titles and even entered her first-ever Grand Slam as a qualifier at the French Open but lost to Czech Tennis Player Kateřina Siniaková. Then at the Bucharest Open, Elena won her first Maiden WTA Tour title. This paved the way for her and she occupied 65th position in the WTA rankings.
In the pandemic year 2020, she earned her second WTA title by beating Chinese Tennis Player Zhang Shuai. After this, at the Australian Open- she qualified in the main draw of the Grand Slam by defeating Bernarda Pera and Greet Minnen. This and many such other important wins made her climb to the 17th position in the rankings. Elena became the First ever player of Kazakh nationality to occupy a place in the Top 20.
Elena Rybakina’s major career-defining achievement came in the year 2022. She entered her second grand-slam quarterfinal and then the semi-finals by beating Ajla Tomljanović. This was also the first time, she entered semi-finals in any of the major tournaments. She made history by becoming the first Kazakh player to qualify in the semi-finals of the Grand Slam.
The exact estimate of Elena Rybakina’s net worth is not available but one can figure it out from her profession. According to the average income of Women Tennis players which is $283,000 annually. We can estimate or guess that Rybakina might have a net worth of approximately $1 Million. Her monthly income might be a 5-Digit figure.
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