One of the most shocking developments came a few months into the 2020 campaign: Elena Rybakina‘s ascent. She quickly became unavoidable after sneakily rising in the rankings the season previous. Her victories accumulated from tournament to tournament, and as she destroyed serves and bulldozed groundstrokes off both wings, she appeared destined to win against Ons Jabeur. Instead, the pandemic hit, and when the trip resumed, Rybakina had trouble navigating. While she waited patiently for a breakthrough, she experienced irritation along with her ephemeral moments of excellence. It has finally arrived.
Ons Jabeur Loses Wimbeldon Finals
Rybakina has finally reached the pinnacle of her sport at the conclusion of a magnificent two weeks that saw her shape and confidence progressively bloom.
Rybakina battled back from a set down to defeat the third seed Ons Jabeur, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, and win Wimbledon. She did this while dealing with the anxiety and stress of playing in her first grand slam final and an incredibly strong start from her rival.
The 23-year-old is the first player from Kazakhstan to triumph in a grand slam singles competition. She was born in Russia but changed her nationality to Kazakhstan in 2018 after receiving financial assistance from the country’s federation. The trophy was presented in the presence of the Duchess of Cambridge.
Ironically, the top Russian talent of the younger generation broke through at the event, despite the All England Club’s decision to forbid Russian and Belarusian players from playing due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. However, her success has a detrimental impact on the Russian tennis system, which has lost some of its finest players to Kazakhstan due to a lack of finance while the majority of its top players train overseas.