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ELENA RYBAKINA WINS WIMBLEDON FIRST KAZAKHSTAN TO WIN GRAND SLAM

Elena Rybakina made history to become the first Kazakhstan to win a Grand Slam title, Saturday defeating Tunisian Ons Jabeur.

Interestingly Jabeur was playing in the final as first Arab, first Tunisian and first African woman to grace a final. In the match that Elena demonstrated cleverness and brilliance. She conceded the first set to the Tunisian.

The first set had seen Rybakina struggle to hold a grip of Jabeur with the Tunisian cruising, riding on series of mistakes from the Kazakhstan to take the first set 6-3. Obviously, Rybakina found it difficult fitting to her opponent tactics, simply she really fail to make her shot over the net.

The pace of Ons Jabeur’s shots was craftily delivered that Rybakina had no answer, the Tunisian took the win in the fourth and sixth game. Although Rybakina bounced back in the fifth game, calmly overcoming the several unforced errors, she cleverly realised she can do better and curbed Jabeur’s rising advantage. But Ons who had captured the next three, earning a break point to win the third eventually took the first set.

In the second set, Rybakina found her rhythm with her foot high considering the pace of her serves, she captured the Tunisian secret. At this point, Jabeur showed her frustration losing precision and couldn’t cope with the variety of the Kazakhstan shots. Ons had easy misses and a double vault.

Rybakina secured the first two games of the second set she did fend off a break point, credit to her serve. She held to her advantage after scored off Jabeur’s pressure of drop shots in the third game. Although she surrendered the game for unforced errors.

She eventually found the right moment and captured the Tunisian Frustration inviting the third set, obviously the power of her serves was an advantage.

She had gone to win the title with a 3-6 6-2 6-2 claiming her country’s first Grand Slam crown. If she was told that she will win Wimbledon with series of setbacks during the pandemic. Obviously, she will not believe that.

She had admitted “during the pandemic, I didn’t really practice at all. It wasn’t easy. Then some health problems like injuries, sick, allergies. It kept on happening. I was like, very upset, of course” Rybajina said after her semi-final win against Simona Halep, according to The Washington Post.

Her comeback story was remarkable, and winning the third set saw the Berlin Open champion and World No.2 succumb to No. 17 seeded Rybakina to win her first major in the Wimbledon women’s final, she pressured Ons Jabeur in the third set for as the Tunisian conceded to late errors.

While both players will be considered as worthy finalists both are history makers with Ons Jabeur first African to play at the final of Wimbledon and Elena Rybakina first Kazakhstan to win Grand Slam crown. Rybakina was born in Moscow Russia but opted to represent her country Kazakhstan at the Olympic and Federation Cup. Now she is Wimbledon champion!

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