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Kazakh tenniswoman of Russian origin, Elena Rybakina, 23rd in the world, won her first Grand Slam title on Saturday at Wimbledon, beating Tunisian Ons Jabeur (2nd) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the final .
While she had never won the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament, Kazakh of Russian origin Elena Rybakina, 23rd in the world, won her first Grand Slam title on Saturday July 9 at Wimbledon. beating the Tunisian Ons Jabeur (2nd) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the final.
“I was super nervous before the game, during it and I’m very happy it’s over. I’ve never felt anything like this,” commented Rybakina, 23, without managing to expose his inner joy.
“To tell the truth, I didn’t expect to reach the second week of a Grand Slam at Wimbledon. So winning the tournament is really incredible. I don’t have the words to say how happy I am,” she added.
Born in Moscow, she brings to Kazakhstan, whose nationality she took in 2018, her first major title, men and women alike. The president of the Khazak Federation was also in the stands and was the first to congratulate her when she climbed these stands to join her relatives, including her mother and sister.
“Elena stole my title, but it’s okay!” Jabeur tried to joke, admitting to being “really sad”, especially since she “tries to be a source of inspiration for generations in (his) country”.
Jabeur, who was the first Arab player to reach the quarter-finals of a Major, in 2020 in Australia, is the first player from the African continent to have played in the final of a Grand Slam tournament.
On the court on Saturday, Rybakina appeared in difficulty with her main weapon, the service (0 ace, 58% of first serves), and was dominated in the first set by also committing many unforced errors (17 for 7 winning shots ). She didn’t get a single break point.
Fortunately for the Kazakh, the serve started in the second set.
She passed significantly more first serves (73%, 2 aces) and dominated this second round.
After having broken from the start, at 2-1 she saved 4 break points, succeeded in her face-off and succeeded, she, in stride, the double break to break away 5-1 and quietly equalize at one set everywhere.
Again, Rybakina immediately took Jabeur’s serve in the third set.
At 3-2, she trailed 0/40 on her serve, but won the next five points to get one step closer to the Holy Grail.
Nervousness and distress then began to take shape clearly on Jabeur’s face while de Rybakina became more and more determined. Decidedly on the initiative, the Kazakh managed the double break to lead 5-2 and serve for the match.