WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Elena Rybakina stepped into the Centre Court sunshine before the Wimbledon final on Saturday,....
keeping a firm double-grip on the racket bag straps slung over her shoulders.
She won the All England Club championship with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory after nearly two hours of big swinging and sprinting.
Her early play also revealed some nerves, which is understandable given that it was her first Grand Slam title match.
Rybakina's reaction was as subdued as it could be, a sigh and a smile.
She was born in Moscow and has been Kazakhstan's representative since 2018.
During the post-match trophy ceremony, Rybakina told Jabeur, "I ran today so much, so I don't think I need to do fitness more, honestly."
By the third game of the match, Jabeur was reading Rybakina's serves and creating fewer opportunities for baseline power.
Rybakina's red racket started the game with a 117 mph ace. It concluded with Jabeur failing to return.
Rybakina was and always will be a Wimbledon champion.