“I Didn’t Think I’d Reach Second Week”: Wimbledon Champion Elena Rybakina

“I Didn’t Think I’d Reach Second Week”: Wimbledon Champion Elena Rybakina

Newly crowned Wimbledon champion Elena Ryabakina said she feared she would miss the second week at the All England club after beating Ounce Jabbar in the final. Moscow-born Rebakina, who has represented Kazakhstan for the past four years, defeated the Tunisian 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. “I didn’t expect to be in the second week of Grand Slam at Wimbledon. It’s amazing to be the winner. I have no words to say how happy I am,” said the 23-year-old.

“I was very nervous before the match, during the match and I’m glad it ended honestly.”

Raibakina, ranked 23rd in the world, had never reached the last eight in a slam before Wimbledon.

“I want to congratulate Ounce for a great match and what you have achieved. I think it is a movement for all of you.

“I ran a lot. I don’t think I need to get fit.”

Jabbar was bidding to make history as the first African woman to win a Grand Slam singles title.

But after dominating the first set against the nervous Rybakina, his game fell apart, winning only four of the next 16 games.

“First of all I want to congratulate Elena and her team – great job and she deserved it and hopefully next time it will be mine,” said the world number two.

Then he joked: “Elena stole my title but that’s fine.

“I love this tournament and I feel really sad, but I’m trying to impress many generations of my country. I hope they are listening.”

Rebakina’s Croatian coach Stefano Vukov told the BBC he had the potential to continue winning.


“It’s still raw in many ways, so it’s a long process. We started working together on the smallest events and here we are winning Wimbledon. That’s just the beginning,” he said. Said.

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