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Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina wins maiden Wimbledon and Grand Slam title

Elena Rybakina has etched her name in the tennis history books as the first Kazakh to win Wimbledon with a three-set defeat of Ons Jabeur in the final.

Rybakina rallied from a set down to deny Jabeur her own slice of history with a 3-6 6-2 6-2 victory over the Tunisian world No.2 in Saturday’s showdown at the All England Club.

The 23-year-old Rybakina is also the youngest women’s Wimbledon champion since Petra Kvitova in 2011 after reducing Jabeur to a frustrated wreck during the one-hour, 48-minute title decider.

But the Moscow-born star’s triumph was not without controversy as tennis great John McEnroe called her participation into question following the All England Club’s ban on Russian and Belarusian players because of Vladamir Putin’s war on Ukraine.

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