Elena Rybakina wins Wimbledon Women’s Final in her first slam


Wimbledon, England — Elena Rybakina, too nervous to wave, stepped into the center court sunshine before Wimbledon on the final Saturday and put on a black and red strap on her shoulder bag. I firmly double-grip it.

There are no waves. I don’t look around too much. Her play also betrayed some jitter early on. This makes sense given that it was her debut in a Grand Slam title match.

With a big swing of almost two hours and subsequent sprints, she defeated Ons Jabeur 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 at the All England Club and won her first single trophy in a major tournament. The country of adoption of Kazakhstan.

Still, Rybakina’s reaction was as quiet as possible, with a slight sigh and a smile.

“To be honest, I’m happy it’s over, because I never felt this,” said the 23-year-old.

She was born in Moscow and has represented Kazakhstan since 2018, when Kazakhstan funded her tennis career. This switch has been talked about in Wimbledon as it has banned all players representing Russia or Belarus from participating in the tournament due to the war in Ukraine.

Since the WTA’s computer rankings began in 1975, only one woman ranked lower than Rybakina in 23rd place has won Wimbledon. Venus Williams was 31st in 2007, but she is 1st and has won 3 of her 5 career Wimbledon trophies. ..

Rybakina used a large serve and a powerful forehand to overcome the diverse styles of second-placed Jabber with a combination of spins and slices, completely stopping the 27-year-old Tunisia’s 12-game streak. Glass coat.

Elena Rybakina and her family
Kazakhstan’s Elena Ribakina is embraced by family, friends and coaches after defeating Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur to win the women’s singles final on the 13th day of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London on July 9, 2022. I am. (Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP photo)

“You have a great match. I don’t think there is anyone like this on the tour,” Rybakina told Jabber at the post-match trophy ceremony and added this one-liner. To be honest, I don’t think I need to do more fitness. “

Jabber was also in her first Grand Slam final.

“She deserves this. I hope it will be mine next time,” he said.

“Elena stole my title,” Jabber joked.

By the third game of the game, Jabber was reading Rybakina’s serve, reducing the fascinating opportunity for baseline power. One of the squash-style forehands pulled the forehand into the net and scored a break point. Jabber played a serve of 120 mph and saw Rybakina sail the backhand for a long time, converting to lead 2-1.

Jabber jumped towards the guest box and yelled.

Rybakina’s mistakes have increased. Volley to net tape with full coat fully open. Net forehand after Jabber didn’t come back soon. When another forehand went wrong, Jabber loved to take the opening set, and he shouted “Yara!” (Arabic “Let’s go!”) And threw the uppercut. Side business.

Jabber was about to become the first Arab or African woman to win a slum singles title during her professional days dating back to 1968.

“I love this tournament. I’m really sad. But it’s tennis. There’s only one winner,” said Jabber. “I’m really happy that I’ve been trying to inspire for generations from my country. I hope they’re listening.”

Ons Jabeur
Ons Jabeur of Tunisia reacts after losing points to Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan in the women’s singles final on the 13th day of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London on July 9, 2022. (/ Gerald Herbert / AP photo)

Rybakina, who defeated Serena Williams at the French Open last year, finally got the first break chance to start the second set, climbing 1-0 when Jabber missed the forehand. After saving four breakpoints in the next two service games, Rybakina broke again and quickly led 5-1.

Rybakina has become a much stronger decider, while Jabber leads the Women’s Tour with 13 wins in three setters this season.

She broke again and started the third and went up to 3-1.

Jabber needed to find a way to reduce his mistakes, and while he was 3-2 down in 3rd place, he approached to change the course of things. She parrayed a pair of points earned through a drop shot and Rob on Rybakina’s serve to Love 40.

However, Rybakina erased those three breakpoints and joined the game with the help of a serve of 119 mph. The hold there was 4-2 and Rybakina soon broke again. Now she was a game away from the biggest win of her career — and she began to serve it.

The game started with an ace at 117 mph from Rybakina’s red racket. It ended with Jabber missing a return.

The anxiety and anxiety that Rybakina felt may disappear. Soon she straddled the green wall next to her front row seats and passed through a stand to hug her coach, her sister, and so on.

She is now a Wimbledon champion and will continue to do so.

Howard Fendrich

Associated Press