2022 Women’s Wimbledon Recap – Rybakina Wins First Slam

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2022 Women’s Wimbledon Recap – Rybakina Wins First Slam

Much like the Men’s tournament, the women’s Wimbledon championship turned out to be a graveyard of seeded players early on.

In the end, it was third-seeded Ons Jabeur vs. seventeenth-seeded Elena Rybakina. It was a contrast in styles. Jabeur is small in stature but powerful, creative, and crafty. Rybakina on the other hand is tall, has penetrating strokes, and a big serve. Early on it was Jabeur who looked to have the advantage. However, once Rybakina settled, her powerful baseline game proved to be too much of Jabeur. Rybakina has always had a powerful game but she’s been inconsistent. To the detriment of Jabeur, Wimbledon 2022 was the tournament where she would become a picture of consistency.

Rybakina, yielding her Yonex Vcore racket, will now head into the US hardcourt swing as a Grand Slam Champion. What confidence will this provide her? Was this a fluke? Will she build on this result to become a contender at other Grand Slams or will she fizzle like other one-slam wonders. It’s difficult to tell with Rybakina.

Jabeur, always decked out in her Lotto kits, will undoubtedly continue to post great results. She’s now a fixture in the top 10 and has the mentality and talent to stay there. She’ll be a threat at the US Open this year if she continues to play this way.

Aside from Jabeur and Rybakina, Simona Halep looked sharp and dangerous. Her serve and return game deserted her against Rybakina in the semifinals though. There’s much to be positive about her game though. She looked unstoppable until the semifinals, taking out true contenders like Paula Badosa and Amanda Anisimova. With new coach Patrick Mouratoglou, this may start coming together again for Halep.

Let’s not forget she finished the year number one in the world two years running and holds two grand slam titles. With her renewed fitness and outstanding coaching, she’s a player that has two to three years left of top tennis. More Grand Slams are definitely in her future.

As for the hard-court swing, everyone is hoping to see Serena Williams come back and give it a shot. A fit and hungry Serena will be very dangerous in the coming months.

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