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This episode we are doing a deep dive on the new singles womens grand slam champ Elena Rybakina! I was personally really surprised and taken by her super solid play in the finals and how she was able to mentally stay strong and come back from a 1 set down position to beat the favorite no#2 ranked player in the world Ons Jaber.
Behind her powerful groundstrokes and even more powerful serve, Rybakina became the 57th different Slam winner in the Open Era, but the first representing Kazakhstan.
Rybakina’s previous Wimbledon best performance was reaching last year’s fourth round. Her previous Grand Slam best was a quarterfinals appearance at the 2021 French Open.
Jabeur entered the match as a favorite and she cruised through the first set, winning 6-3. However, Rybakina quickly turned things around. She rolled over Jabeur 6-2 in the second set and then won the third set 6-2. The key point in the third set came in the sixth game. Rybakina led the set 3-2 and was serving to go up 4-2, but Jabeur led 40-0 and had three break points. However, Rybakina fought back to claim the game. She broke Jabeur to go up 5-2 and then served out for the championship.
Her draw at Wimbledon was :
1st: Coco Vandeweghe — 7-6 (7-2), 7-5
2nd: Bianca Andreescu — 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
3rd: Qinwen Zheng — 7-6 (7-4), 7-5
4th: Petra Martic — 7-5, 6-3
QF: Ajla Tomljanovic — 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
SF: #16 Simona Halep — 6-3, 6-3
F: #3 Ons Jabeur — 3-6, 6-2
Rybakina on what she proved: “Maybe I proved that not always you have to have great team from the young age, because I didn’t ’til the age of 17, 18. So I think this is the most important thing, that everybody, no matter their financial situation, no matter who they are, they can play and achieve many great results.
“And to myself that I can actually win a Grand Slam. Believe more in myself, and maybe I can win more Grand Slams. Who knows? But for sure that’s the goal, and that’s what I’m going to work for.”
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