Wimbledon: Yelena Rybakina of Kazakhstan beats Once Jaber to claim women’s title

Elena Rybakina won the women’s title at Wimbledon by beating Ons Jaber of Tunisia 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Rybakina is the first representative of Kazakhstan to win the Grand Slam tournament in singles. She was born in Russia but changed her citizenship in 2018.

No. 17 Rybakina lost just two sets of her seven All England wins.

Rybakina, who turned 23 last month, became the youngest woman to win Wimbledon since 21-year-old Petra Kvitova in 2011.

Jaber aspired to be the first Arab woman and the first African woman to win a major tennis title. She reached the final with a 12-match winning streak and got off to a good start, winning the first set 6-3.

But Rybakina was back, her powerful serve and powerful forehand helping her handle Jabert’s mixture of spins and shots on Center Court.

She won the second set, tying the score by one set each, and went on to dominate the final set, winning the title when Jabeur hit back from the left.

The new champion was born in Moscow but began representing Kazakhstan four years ago when the country offered her funding to support her tennis career.

The change was the subject of talk during Wimbledon because the All England Club banned all players representing Russia or Belarus from the tournament due to the war in Ukraine.

Rybakin takes second place. 23. Since the WTA computer rankings began in 1975, only one woman with a ranking lower than Rybakina has won Wimbledon – Venus Williams in 2007 at No. 1.31, although she was No. 1 and has already won three of her five career Wimbledon trophies.

It was the first women’s title match since 1962 at Wimbledon between two players making their major final debuts.