Elena Rybakina Defeats Ons Jabeur to Win 2022 Wimbledon Women’s Final

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Elena Rybakina Defeats Ons Jabeur to Win 2022 Wimbledon Women’s Final

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Elena Rybakina captured her first Grand
Slam title with a three-set victory over Ons Jabeur in the 2022
Wimbledon women’s final Saturday at the All England Club in London.

Jabeur won the first set in the battle
of first-time major finalists, but Rybakina used her superior power
to complete the comeback on the strength of 22 winners over the final
two sets. Her third-seeded counterpart finished with 17 winners in the whole match.

The 23-year-old Kazakh entered the tournament as the No. 17 seed and had never advanced
beyond the quarterfinals in 11 prior Grand Slam appearances.

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Rybakina benefited from a favorable
draw during the first week of the season’s third major. The two
highest-seeded players in her bracket, No. 8 Jessica Pegula and No. 9
Garbine Muguruza, were upset in the early rounds.

The way Rybakina finished the tournament, though, with a semifinal destruction of two-time Grand Slam winner Simona
Halep and a dominant performance over the last two sets against
Jabeur, showed her ascension to Wimbledon champion was no fluke.

Aside from her 29-17 advantage in
winners, Rybakina excelled on break points Saturday. She converted four of her six opportunities, while
Jabeur went 2-for-11.

Rybakina, who had won only two WTA Tour
titles, also showed nerves of steel as
she staved off three break points while serving at 3-2 in the final
set. She won the match’s final
three games to close out the win.

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Jabeur, 27, didn’t play poorly in the final, and her restrained style worked to perfection initially, as she
kept a lot of balls in play that led to 17 unforced errors by Rybakina in the opening set.

She just couldn’t find a consistent
answer defensively once Rybakina got in a groove with her
serve and forehand, and the match slipped away.

It was still a memorable run for
Jabeur, who became the first Arab and African woman to reach the final of a
Grand Slam tournament.

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Looking ahead, the WTA Tour will complete July with clay-court tournaments in Europe before the
U.S. Open Series starts in early August ahead of the year’s
final major. The U.S. Open begins Aug. 29.

Rybakina should have a
terrific chance to make another deep run in New York.

Meanwhile, Wimbledon wraps up Sunday
with the men’s championship. Novak Djokovic will seek his seventh Wimbledon title and 21st
major title when he takes on Nick Kyrgios, who will make his
Grand Slam final debut.

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