Elena Rybakina beats Ons Jabeur, wins first Wimbledon title

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Elena Rybakina

Elena Rybakina became the first player from Kazakhstan to win a Grand Slam title as she fought back from a set down to beat Ons Jabeur in the Wimbledon final on Saturday.

The 23-year-old, who switched nationality from Russia to Kazakhstan in 2018, neutralised her opponent’s trademark invention to clinch a 3-6 6-2 6-2 win and deny Jabeur history as the first woman of African or Arab descent to be crowned a major champion.

Rybakina broke Jabeur in the opening game of the second and third set, before rescuing three break points and sealing the double break in the decider to serve out for the match.

Having become the youngest woman’s finalist at the All England Club since Garbine Muguruza in 2015, Rybakina capped a landmark tournament that had seen her defeat 2019 champion Simona Halep in the semis.