Elena Rybakina Battles Back Against Ons Jabeur To Win Wimbledon Title

Elena Rybakina Battles Back Against Ons Jabeur To Win Wimbledon Title

Russian-born Elena Rebakina returned from the set to win the Wimbledon title against Ounce Jabier on Saturday, denying Tunisia the world number two the chance to make history in African tennis. Jabbar was in charge at the start of the match, but the 17th seed, representing Kazakhstan, regrouped and dropped just four more games on the way to victory 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. “I’ve never felt that way before,” said the champion. “Congratulations to Ounce for what you have achieved.

“You are an inspiration to the people of Tunisia and to everyone. You played a great match.”

Jubair, 27, started the style, breaking Rebakina in the third game of the match when the Kazakh extended with a backhand.

He followed her, catching the love that included a delicious backhand pass that left his opponent behind on the net.

Rebakina was again under intense pressure on her own service as Seth threatened to run away from her but she dug deep to maintain a 3-2 lead.

But she failed to get a single break point on the center court in the first set and a faulty service game gifted the set to Jabbar.

As Jabbar celebrates with a fist pump, Rybakina returns to her chair, considering a costly 17 non-compulsive mistake.

But the pace changed early in the second set as Rybakina broke Jabbar before taking a 2-0 lead.

Ryabakina had now found her rhythm and Jubair had to fight hard to stay in touch.

The 23-year-old Kazakh, who is six feet (1.84 m) tall, then stopped three break points to take a 4-1 lead before breaking again when Jabbar extended with a four-hand.

Rybakina leveled the match with an ace as Jabeur reflected four missed breakpoints in the set.

The 17th seed was the first to attack in the decisive match, breaking immediately to put pressure on Jabbar.

The Tunisian player lost three break points in the sixth game as his frustration increased and this proved to be his last chance.

Rybakina showed some nervousness in serving for the set but won with his first championship point when Jabeur went long with the backhand.

Rybakina, after playing in her first Slam final, changed allegiance to Kazakhstan in 2018. Russian and Belarusian players have been banned from participating in Wimbledon this year following the attack on Ukraine.


Rebakina had never reached the quarterfinals of Salem before this year’s Wimbledon. Jubair congratulated the winner and said: “Hopefully next time it will be mine.”

“Thank you for supporting my team and believing in me,” he said. “I love this tournament. I’m sad but it’s tennis – there can only be one winner.”

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