Wimbledon 2022: Rybakina beats Jabur to win historic maiden Grand Slam title (Ld)

17 seed Rybakina made a stunning comeback after losing the first set to beat third seed Jabur 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the final between two first-timers.

In 2011, Rybakina also became the youngest woman since 21-year-old Petra Kvitova to lift a Venus Rosewater dish. She is now the fourth-youngest active major champion on the WTA Tour, older only to Inga Swietake, Bianca Andreescu and Emma Raducanu. ,

But things didn’t go well for Rybakina as she lost her serve early in the first set as Jabur took a 3-1 lead and went on to win 6-3. Jabeur, a crowd favorite as the first female player in the Arab world to reach this stage in a Grand Slam competition, and although she started well, Rybakina was too good for her on Saturday.

Rybakina made 17 unexpected mistakes in the opener. Meanwhile, Jaboor’s scintillating performance leaves little chance of turning the sets around. World No. 2 lost a total of four points on serve during the opener; And although Rybakina appears to have settled in the middle, she fell with another sequence of cheap mistakes to lose the last eight points.

Rybakina found her momentum in the second set and dominated the match after that, negating Jabeur’s style of play which consisted of mixing powerful groundstrokes with well-disguised drop shots, big serves and superb net play.

The Kazakh star’s return in the second set was down to raising his offensive game and delivering some of the best defense of his career. He increased his first serve percentage from 58% to 63%, but his movement was an important component of the game’s path.

Moscow-born Rybakina, 23, broke Jabur early in the second set, and then won the match in the decider to improve her opponent’s serve once again.

Jabeur made several unforced errors to fall behind the double break. Rybakina leveled the match with the least amount of fuss, slamming four unreturned serves to close the set-out.

Although Jabeur tried to fight back in the final set and had three break points down 2-3, Rybakina, who defeated former champion Simona Halep in the semi-finals, saved all three and won the set, match and championship.

Wimbledon is Rybakina’s third career title, and first since Hobart 2020; In between, she had lost in four straight finals, as well as a bronze medal play-off at last year’s Tokyo Olympic Games, according to a report on the WTA Tour website.

Rybakina’s previous best Grand Slam show was at Roland Garros in 2021, where she defeated Serena Williams to reach the quarterfinals before losing to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

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