Wimbledon-2022: Rybakina won Kazakhstan’s first Grand Slam tournament


Alena Rybakina of Kazakhstan (pictured) converted four of six break points in a three-set win over Ons Jabert at Wimbledon on Saturday. Photo by Hugo Philpott/UPI | License photo

July 9 (UPI) — Alena Rybakina went down in history as the first in Kazakhstan Big helmet winner with a win in the Wimbledon singles final over Tunisia’s Ons Jaber at Wimbledon 2022 on Saturday in London.

“I was very nervous before the match and during it,” said Rybakina in her interview on the court.

“I’m happy it’s over, honestly. “I’ve never felt anything like it. The crowd support was incredible.”

Moscow, which in 2018 moved from the Russian Tennis Federation to the Kazakhstan Federation, was allowed to play in the tournament, despite the organizers’ ban on Russian and Belarusian players due to the invasion of Ukraine.

The No. 17 seed had four aces, 29 winners and converted four of six break point opportunities in a match that lasted one hour and 48 minutes. The 23-year-old Rybakina used her serve to defeat Jabert in the final two sets, winning 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Jaber scored four aces, 17 winners and converted only two of 11 break points.

“I really like this tournament,” said Jaber. “I’m very sad, but this is tennis and there’s only one winner.”

Gill, the No. 3 seed, got off to a strong start. In Rybakina’s second game, she took a break and took a 3:1 lead in the first set. She also broke Rybakina and won the last game of the set.

Rybakina regained the momentum by breaking Jabert in the first game of the second set. In the fifth game, she broke Jaber again and tied the score.

At the beginning of the final set, Rybakina broke Jaber again. She took a 4-2 lead before breaking Jabhor again in the seventh game. Rybakina won the championship point when Jaber hit a forehand wide.

Serbian No. 1 Novak Djokovic will face Australian Nick Kyrgios in the men’s singles final on Sunday in London. This matchup will air at 9 a.m. EDT on ESPN.

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic dives and plays a backhand during his semifinal match against Britain’s Cameron Nora on Day 12 of Wimbledon in London, July 8, 2022. Djokovic won 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to go to the finals on Sunday. Photo by Hugo Philpott/UPI | License photo Wimbledon-2022: Rybakina won Kazakhstan’s first Grand Slam tournament

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