London: The No. 17 seed Elena Rybakina created history by becoming the first-ever Asian Wimbledon champion, defeating Ons Jabeur of Tunisia in the final in of women’s singles category on Saturday.
With this, she also became the first-ever Kazakh Grand Slam singles champion, defeating her Tunisian opponent by 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 in a final that lasted for 1 hour, 48 minutes.
In this first Wimbledon title match first-time Grand Slam finalists of the Open Era, the 23-year-old Rybakina also became the youngest woman to lift the title since 21-year-old Petra Kvitova won it in 2011. It is the third title of her career. In between, she had lost four straight finals, including last year’s bronze medal play-off at Tokyo Olympics.
Her opponent Jabeur also left the event creating history, leaving the venue as first Tunisian and Arab woman to reach a Grand Slam final.Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur booked her slot in the Wimbledon final after a win over Germany’s Tatjana Maria in the semi-finals of the women’s category on Thursday.