On Saturday, July 9, Elena Rybakina made history when she defeated Ons Jabeur 3-6 6-2 6-2 in the women’s singles final at Wimbledon, becoming the first woman from Kazakhstan to ever win a Grand Slam singles title.
Rybakina was questioned about how her parents would be feeling right now to see her as a Grand Slam champion during the press conference that followed the match. You want to see emotions?” she exclaimed after crying after hearing this question.
Her parents were unable to obtain a visa in time to see their daughter’s final Wimbledon performance in 2022. In Russia, they reside.
“They would be super proud” 😊
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 9, 2022
Rybakina was born in Moscow and, up until 2018, was a Russian citizen. However, she did so in order to receive financial support from the Kazakhstan Tennis Federation.
She might have faced a playing suspension at The Championship if she hadn’t taken that action, as players from Russia and Belarus were not permitted to compete after the attack on Ukraine.
That makes Rybakina’s triumph all the more impressive. She cried before responding, “They would be proud,” when asked how her parents would feel.
The lanky Rybakina raised the Venus Rosewater Dish after another action-packed performance to become the sixth different women’s champion in as many years in a spectacle involving two first-time Grand Slam finals since 1962.
In the end, Rybakina said, “I was just extremely happy that it finished. It was such a challenging match, mentally and physically.” Rybakina was the first woman to overcome a set deficit to win a Wimbledon final since Amelie Mauresmo in 2006.