The Kazakh was stronger than the Tunisian this Saturday in London with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory in 1h47.
Kazakh Elena Rybakina made history at Wimbledon the year her country of origin and residence of Russia was banned from the tournament. More solid and more offensive than Ons Jabeur this Saturday, the 23-year-old won her first Grand Slam tournament, she who had never passed the quarter-final stage (Roland-Garros 2021) before. A sacred tour de force. After a start to the final where she appeared very nervous, she was able to find her rhythm and impose her power to dominate her rival, whose game while in variation was no match for the London sun.
With only 53% success on first serves, the Kazakh was deprived of her main weapon in the first set, then the 23e world player regained her face-off and accuracy in her attacks during the second act where she managed to seize the service of the Tunisian twice. She concluded the second set with four service winners. Same scenario in the last act. Very offensive (29 winning strokes to 17), overtaking his opponent, unable to impose his game in variations, Rybakina again swiped the opposing service twice in the final round to conclude without trembling. She succeeds Ashleigh Barty, now retired.
At 23 years and 22 days, Rybakina is the youngest winner of the tournament since Petra Kvitova in 2011. Born in Moscow, she brings to Kazakhstan, whose nationality she took in 2018, her first major title, men and women combined. The first player from Kazakhstan to play in a Grand Slam final, Elena Rybakina was trained at club Spartak Moscow and grew up alongside former glory Andrey Chesnokov in the Russian capital.
Physical glitches hampered his preparation on grass. Without pressure, she confided to being “relaxed” in London. She successively brought down Coco Vandeweghe, Bianca Andreescu (winner of the 2019 US Open), then Qinwen Zheng, Petra Martic, Ajla Tomljanovic, the only player to have taken a set from her before Jabeur on Saturday in the final, and Simona Halep, 2019 winner , in the semi-finals. An impressive scoreboard for the half-Kazakh, half-Russian champion.