Elena Rybakina made history by becoming the first Kazakh athlete to win Grand Slam final after defeating Ons Jabeur in the final of Wimbledon 2022. Rybakina came from a set down to beat the Tunisian 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Rybakina had a dominant performance in this tournament. She leads the tournament in aces with a count of 53. Elena Rybakina has only lost two sets in all the matches she has played in the tournament this year. But she did have some gruelling matches in the previous rounds. In the first three rounds, she went into a tie break once every match but won the matches on the back of her amazing forehand skills.
Route to the Final:-
The Kazakh star began her campaign with a match against CoCoVandeweghe of America. She defeated her opponent in straight sets 7-6(7-2),7-5 but it took great effort for her to move into the second round.
In the next round, Rybakina faced former world number four Bianca Andreescu of Canada. She tasted the victory in straight sets 6-4,7-6(7-5) but once again had to go to her limits to defeat the player.
Rybakina faced Qinwen Zheng, a 19-year-old teenager from China. Many thought this was an easy match for her but she once again had to go through a tie-break in the first set which she won 7-6(7-5). The next set was almost as difficult as the first and she broke her opponent’s serve to take the set with 7-5 and qualify for the quarterfinals of Wimbledon.
The Round of 16 against Petra Martic of Croatia was easy for her when comparing her previous matches in the tournament. She defeated the player again in straight sets with a scoreline of 7-5,6-3, continuing her streak of not dropping a set in the tournament.
In the Semis, Rybakina faced Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia. She dropped the first set 6-4 but came back to win the following two sets with a score of 6-2,6-3 and moved into her maiden semi-finals in a grand slam.
It was a cakewalk victory for the Kazakh tennis player against former world number-1 Simona Halep of Romania, whom she defeated 6-3,6-3 to move into the Finals of Wimbledon, thereby becoming the first Arab women’s player to take part in a grand slam finals.
This was the first women’s championship match at the All England Club featuring two players competing in their first major final since 1962. On Saturday at Centre Court, the Kazakh defeated Jabeur’s combination of spins and slices using her strong forehand and large serve. Jabeur’s 12-match winning streak—completely on grass courts—was snapped by Rybakina. Rybakina won 2-6, 6-3, 6-3