WIMBLEDON, England — Elena Rybakina beat Ons Jabeur to win the Wimbledon singles title Saturday, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, giving a player born and raised in Russia the game’s most prestigious championship slightly greater than two months after tournament organizers barred players representing Russia from participating.
Rybakina, who began representing Kazakhstan 4 years ago after the previous Soviet republic agreed to fund her profession, overpowered Jabeur, who faltered and succumbed to inconsistency after taking an early lead.
Rybakina was nervous and shaky early on, missing seemingly easy rally balls long and struggling to get her dangerous first serve into the court, but she settled down because the match stretched on. Once she found her rhythm, Jabeur had few answers. She had a likelihood to attract even within the third set as Rybakina fell behind 0-40 serving at 3-2, but Jabeur couldn’t finish the sport and Rybakina cruised over the finish line from there.
On the ultimate point, Rybakina watched Jabeur send one last backhand return wide and strutted to the online with barely a celebration.