Wimbledon 2022: Elena Rybakina won the grass-court tournament after beating Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur in a thrilling three-setter at Centre Court.
Elena Rybakina after beating Ons Jabeur. Courtesy: AP
- Rybakina won the match 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
- Rybakina lost the first set after which she made a comeback
- Rybakina became the first player from Kazakhstan to win a grand slam title
Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina, on Saturday, July 9, won her maiden career Grand Slam title. The 23-year-old defeated Tunisian Ons Jabeur in the final 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 at Centre Court to emerge as the champions of Wimbledon 2022.
Jabeur qualified for the quarter-final at SW19 last year and was looking to become the first Arab woman to win any grand slam. She started the match on an impressive note, breaking Rybakina’s serve two times. But from the second set onwards, the star from Kazakhstan made a stupendous comeback.
23 years old. Wimbledon champion.
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Coming into the match, Jabeur was the clear favourite, not only because she was the higher-seeded player, but also because of her recent form. Back in May, Jabeur failed to go beyond the first round, but she was simply brilliant throughout the tournament at SW19.
Earlier, she became the first Arab woman to play in a Grand Slam final. In the last two sets, she looked a tad out of sorts as Rybakina kept dominating. Rybakina couldn’t earn a single break in the first set but broke her opponent’s serve four times in the last two sets.
Rybakina came into the final after beating former World No.1 and former Wimbledon champion, Simona Halep, in the semi-final. In the final, the youngster showed nerves of steel and won the championship.
As far as Jabeur is concerned, loads of unforced errors didn’t help her by any stretch of the imagination. She defeated her “barbeque” friend Tatjana Maria in a thrilling three-setter in the semis but failed to show the same consistency in the final.
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