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Elena Rybakina Wins Wimbledon Women’s Singles Title

Wimbledon banned Russian players from the 2022 tournament because of the country’s invasion of Ukraine. A player born in Russia did win the tournament’s singles championship on Saturday.

Elena Rybakina, born in Moscow but representing Kazakhstan, downed Ons Jabeur, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 for her first Grand Slam title.

(Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)

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Kazakhstan offered to fund Rybakina’s tennis career in 2018.

The switch has been a topic of conversation during Wimbledon because the All England Club barred all players who represent Russia or Belarus from entering the tournament because of the war in Ukraine.

— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) July 9, 2022

In the match, the 23rd-ranked 23-year-old fell behind in the first set but rallied behind a powerful serve and strong forehand to take down the second-ranked Jabeur.

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