Roger Federer is my inspiration, says Wimbledon 2022 champion Elena Rybakina

Elena Rybakina, on Saturday, July 9 defeated Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur to win the 2022 Wimbledon women’s singles title at Centre Court.

Elena Rybakina of Kazakhastan. Courtesy: AP

Elena Rybakina of Kazakhastan. Courtesy: AP

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Elena Rybakina defeated Ons Jabeur in the final of Wimbledon 2022
  • Rybakina became the first player from Kazakhstan to win any Grand Slam
  • Rybakina also beat Simona Halep in the semi-final

Wimbledon 2022 women’s singles champion Elena Rybakina named the legendary Roger Federer her inspiration. On Saturday, July 9, Rybakina defeated Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur in a thrilling three-setter at Centre Court.

The 23-year-old lost the opening set to the No.3 seed but came back to win the next two to clinch the match 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. Rybakina said that she has always enjoyed watching Federer ply his trade on the court.

“I’ve always liked how Roger Federer plays. His game is amazing but, yeah, except him, I was just enjoying watching the matches no matter who plays and, yeah, it’s just a joy to watch any match, especially when it’s great fights,” Rybakina was quoted as saying in a Q&A session on Instagram.

The Moscow-born Rybakina became the first player from Kazakhstan to win a Grand Slam. However, before the start of the tournament, she said that she would be lucky if she managed to go into the second week of the grass-court tournament at SW19.

“Yes, it’s true, because we were working hard but it was a tough last few months with the injuries. I was sick, I didn’t have good preparation for Wimbledon. So I kind of relaxed and I didn’t have any expectations,” Rybakina said on the WTA Insider podcast.

Rybakina also talked about preparing well for the upcoming edition of the US Open, which is set to start in the last week of August.

“I was actually thinking ahead a bit, that I need to do good preparation to be physically better for the US swing,” she added.

Apart from beating Jabeur, Rybakina also defeated former World No.1 Simona Halep in straight sets in the semi-final on Centre Court.

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