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Russian-born star storms into Wimbledon final

Elena Rybakina disposed of Simona Halep in two sets

Moscow-born Elena Rybakina has reached the women’s final at Wimbledon after seeing off former champion Simona Halep in straight sets in their meeting on Thursday. 

Now representing Kazakhstan, the 23-year-old Rybakina produced what some have dubbed her best performance yet at SW19 and was far too powerful for her Romanian rival, whom she defeated 6-3, 6-3. 

With her victory, Rybakina set up a Saturday clash with Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur, who beat Tatjana Maria in the other semifinal. 


Both women will be contesting a maiden Grand Slam final when they meet at the All England Club. 


At the same time Jabeur is the first Arab player to reach a Grand Slam singles final in the Open era, Rybakina is the first Russian-born player to get to the final at the British spectacle since Maria Sharapova in 2011.

Sharapova fell at the last hurdle to Petra Kvitova that year, but she did beat Serena Williams in its 2004 edition as a 17-year-old.

If successful at the weekend then, Rybakina will be the first Russian-born tennis ace to win Wimbledon in 18 years.

Reacting to her victory, Rybakina said it was a “great match” and called Halep a “great champion” with whom she has shared “many tough matches”.

“I was really focused today and I’m really happy with my performance because I think I played really solid today.

“I was nervous of course,” Rybakina admitted. “But I think the matches before helped me with my first match on Court One the other day and today was Centre Court for the first time but I think the atmospheres I’ve had have helped me.


“When I came out I was nervous but I’m really happy I managed to win,” she added.


Rybakina claimed she was mentally prepared for Halep and did everything she could to win while predicting another “great match” against Ons Jabeur, who she described as a “very tricky player”.

“It’s not going to be easy to play against her drop shots and volleys. I think it will be a great match and I will enjoy it, I think I already did the work so it’s time to enjoy it out on court,” Rybakina concluded.

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Elena Rybakina is on a career-best run at Wimbledon. © Justin Setterfield / Getty Images
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