Rybakina claimed a historic Wimbledon title when she defeated Jabeur

17th seed Elena Rybakina became Kazakhstan’s first ever Grand Slam singles champion and first Asian Wimbledon champion after defeating No. 3 seed Ons Jabeur 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 in 1 hour and 48 minutes of the final.

After sealing her first championship point with a submission winner, the famously composed Rybakina was triumphantly calm and celebrated with the faintest of fists.

In the first Wimbledon title match between the first Grand Slam finalists of the Open Era, 23-year-old Rybakina also became the youngest woman to lift the Venus Rosewater Mish since 21-year-old Petra Kvitova in 2011. It is her third career title and first since Hobart 2020; Meanwhile, Rybakina has lost four straight finals as well as last year’s bronze play-off at the Tokyo Olympics.

Jabeur also leaves Wimbledon after making history. She has spent much of her career as a trailblazer for her country and region, and is the first Tunisian and Arab woman ever to reach a Grand Slam final.

Officiating the match: The taller Jabeur wasted no time forcing herself into the match. In the first set, her dropshot and passes were on song, and she consistently put Rybakina in uncomfortable positions with her variety.

Rybakina committed 17 unforced errors in the opening game, including one kill, and gave up her serve to fall behind 2-1. Meanwhile, excellent service from Jabeur provided few opportunities to turn the set around. The world number two lost just four points on serve during the opening match; and although Rybakina appeared to have leveled at the halfway mark, she fell with another series of cheap errors to lose the final eight points.

Rybakin’s comeback in the second set was due to both an increase in his offensive game and the best defense of his career. She increased her first serve percentage from 58% to 63%, but her movement was a key part of this passage of the game.

Throughout the second set, Rybakina impressed by repeatedly chasing down Jabeur’s drop shots – and then adding the touch needed to hit a fine-angled winner. Rybakina, who broke Jabeur in the first game of the set, avoided a momentum shift by surviving three break points to hold for 3-1.

Now it was Jabeur’s turn to drop, firing impatient errors and trailing by a double break. Rybakina leveled the match with minimal fuss, knocking down four unreturned serves to close out the set.

With tension on the center court, Rybakina maintained her level even at the beginning of the third set. She broke immediately and outsmarted Jabeur again at a point that is more often Tunisian territory: Jabeur pulled Rybakina into the forecourt with a smart short cut, but it was Rybakina who was able to parry the volley away.

As in the second set, Rybakina faced the biggest challenge to her lead midway through the decider. Jabeur moved to triple break point with a drop shot that flew over the net and a perfect lob – but Rybakin’s serve was able to fend them off and she held for 4-2 with a confident volley.

After passing that test, Rybakina cruised to victory, breaking Jabeur again for 5-2 before serving out the match at her first opportunity. She ended the day with four aces, bringing her tournament total to 53 and 29 winners to 33 unforced errors.

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