Elena Rybakina has reiterated comments made about her coach Stefano Vukov were “disrespectful” after her win in the Australian Open semi-finals.
The pair appeared to get into a heated exchange during her semi-final win over Victoria Azarenka in January and Vukov was seen repeatedly shouting at the reigning Wimbledon champion.
She has again maintained her position after reaching the Indian Wells semi-finals following a hard fought 7-6(4) 2-6 6-4 win over Karolina Muchova.
“It’s not their business at the end of the day. I think it was kind of disrespectful to him and to me.”
The 23-year-old added: “I just had to do it [put out a social media post] so everybody knows that whatever they can see or think, they don’t know us. Hopefully, we won’t get any other comments like these.”
Rybakina admits there are times she gets angry at her team when she is stressed on court.
“Its difficult because, well, I’m stressed out kind of every point,” she joked.
“So sometimes I can get mad also for no reason to tell something to my team, but hopefully they understand.
“I’m trying to focus on myself, sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s not. So it’s just something between us but everything is good.”
“For sure it’s going to be different than in Australia,” Rybakina said.
“Before the match in Australia, we played also many times. For sure it’s going to be a tough match.
“I would say there is things, of course, which I’m doing preparing for each opponent, but overall my game is to be aggressive. As I said, here it’s not easy, but I still have to stick to this game plan, and then try to prepare, to think also with my coaches what we can do here.”
The world No. 10 is currently on course to face world No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka in the final of Indian Wells which would be a repeat of the Grand Slam final in Melbourne.
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