The eighth seed of St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy 2020 tournament Elena Rybakina from Kazakhstan participated in
Tennis Talk – a Q & A session with SIBUR ARENA spectators. The meet was moderated by star hosts – former world No.1 Dinara Safina and the champion of the St. Petersburg Open in 2004 Mikhail Youzhny.
During the friendly discussion Mikhail and Dinara evoked funny cases in their respective careers, Elena talked about her favorite tournaments, including St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy, one of her favorite tournaments because here it all began for her – it was in St.Petersburg that Rybakina began her ascension to the Top 30 of WTA rankings. They also discussed travels, favorite cities and local sights. Elena admitted that she didn’t have a chance to see St. Petersburg, but she really hopes to visit the city main sites after the tournament, but for now she is fully concentrated on the matches.
Then Dinara and Mikhail offered Elena to play a pictorial puzzle: encrypted tennis-themed words were displayed on the screen. The audience actively helped Elena to solve tricky puzzles. At the end of this assignment she honestly admitted that she definitely would not have solved the puzzle without the help of the spectators.
Traditionally, the Tennis Talk ended up with questions from the audience. The lion’s share of questions was asked by young inquisitive spectators. The author of the best question received a tennis ball autographed by current world No. 25. A little girl wondered whose support on court is most important to Elena Rybakina and whether there is a person in her inner circle with whom she can spend time to take a break from tennis. Elena said she values most the support from her coach and her parents. And she discusses everything beyond tennis with her sister who has nothing to do with this sport.
You can watch live broadcasting of matches here http://tv.formulatx.com/. The broadcasting is available only in Russia.
The tournament WTA St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy 2020 takes place at “SIBUR ARENA” from 10 to 16 February. The tournament is supported by the title sponsor “Gazprom export”.