Elena Rybakina has come from a set down to claim her maiden Grand Slam title, defeating world No. 2 Ons Jabeur 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 to become the first Kazakhstani Grand Slam singles champion.
Either way, it was going to be a historic day for Centre Court’s centenary as both Rybakina and Jabeur were the first players from their respective countries to feature in a Grand Slam singles final.
Rybakina has now become the youngest Wimbledon Women's singles champion since Petra Kvitova in 2011.
In a state of shock following the match, after one of the calmest celebrations, Rybakina explained in her post-match on-court interview: “I’m speechless because I was super nervous before the match, during the match and I’m honestly happy that it finished. I’ve never felt something like this."
“I didn’t expect I would be in the second week at Wimbledon. To be a winner, it’s just amazing. I don’t have words to say how happy I am," Rybakina said.
The Kazakh hit a blistering 29 winners and saved nine of the 11 break points she faced, giving Jabeur little to work with.
Runner-up Jabeur had some kind words for the new champion post match: “I want to congratulate Elena, she played amazing. Her and her team, great job, I mean she deserves this. Hopefully next time I’ll get it."
“Elena stole my title, but it’s OK,” she laughed.
“I love this tournament so much and I feel really sad, but it’s tennis, there is only one winner. I’m really happy that I’m trying to inspire many generations from my country, I hope you’re listening," Jabeur said.