Elena Rybakina defeated Ons Zhaber and won the women’s Wimbledon title

Elena Rybakina, who played in her first major championship final, overcame Saturday’s early excitement by beating Tunisian Ons Jabeur 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 to clinch the Wimbledon women’s singles title.

Relying on her nerves of steel, powerful ground shots and unbelievable speed, the 23-year-old Rybakina took the win in front of a crowd on Center Court that clearly supported Jabert.

Jaber, a Tunisian who also played in her first Grand Slam final, was the first Arab woman to reach that far in a major.

The key moment came in the third set when Jabeur missed three break points and Rybakina came back to win the game and lead 4-2.

If not for the decision made several years ago to change nationality from Russian to Kazakh, Rybakina would not have been allowed to participate in the tournament. Russian and Belarusian players were denied participation in the tournament due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

In 2018, Moscow-born Rybakina decided to change her citizenship because the Kazakhstan Tennis Federation offered financial support to her and her family.

As for Zhaber, her parents were unable to attend the match because their visas were not issued on time.