Wimbledon 2022 LIVE: Elena Rybakina vs Ons Jabeur latest result and reaction from Centre Court final

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Wimbledon 2022 LIVE: Elena Rybakina vs Ons Jabeur latest result and reaction from Centre Court final
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Wimbledon 2022 - LIVE!

Elena Rybakina won her first Grand Slam title as she came from behind to beat Ons Jabeur in an entertaining Wimbledon final.

Russian and Belarusian players were banned from competiting at SW19 this year, in response to the invasion of Ukraine, but it was a 23-year-old born in Moscow, though representing Kazakhstan, who received the trophy from the Duchess of Cambridge.

This was the first women’s singles final at Wimbledon since 1962 involving two first-time Grand Slam finalists, and Rybakina recovered from a shaky opening to hold her nerve impressively. She produced 17 unforced errors in an erratic first-set display, but composed herself on the biggest stage and powered her way back into the match to win 3-6 6-2 6-2.

Centre Crowd tried to roar Jabeur back into it in the third set, and she had her chances to get it on serve again, but Rybakina got the job done and celebrated a Wimbledon title with little more than a smile and brief wave to the crowd.

Rybakina vs Jabeur latest news

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Match report

16:37 , Matt Verri

Elena Rybakina won her first Grand Slam title as she came from behind to beat Ons Jabeur in an entertaining Wimbledon final.

Russian and Belarusian players were banned from competiting at SW19 this year, in response to the invasion of Ukraine, but it was a 23-year-old born in Moscow, though representing Kazakhstan, who received the trophy from the Duchess of Cambridge.

This was the first women’s singles final at Wimbledon since 1962 involving two first-time Grand Slam finalists, and Rybakina recovered from a shaky opening to hold her nerve impressively. She produced 17 unforced errors in an erratic first-set display, but composed herself on the biggest stage and powered her way back into the match to win 3-6 6-2 6-2.

Read the full story!

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Full reaction from Rybakina...

16:26 , Matt Verri

Rybakina thanks parents...

16:13 , Matt Verri

Wise words from Rybakina in her victory speech.

“Without my parents, I wouldn’t be here for sure,” she says. Not wrong.

Not much of a celebration!

16:04 , Matt Verri

Rybakina 3-6 6-2 6-2 Jabeur

15:56 , Matt Verri

Here we go then, Rybakina serving for the Wimbledon title.

Ace followed by a double fault, we’re going to get a bit of everything! Jabeur brings her forward with the drop shot, puts away the volley and it’s 15-30. Not done yet.

That does not help the Jabeur cause. Ball sits up but it’s pretty wild backhand. Well out. 30-30. And that’s long too, Jabeur gifting Rybakina these points. Match point.

RYBAKINA IS THE WIMBLEDON CHAMPION!

Rybakina 3-6 6-2 *5-2 Jabeur

15:51 , Matt Verri

No need for the drop shot this time from Jabeur, powerful forehands work their way through the defences of Rybakina. Attempt at a forehand pass it then wide, 15-30. Quite obviously cannot afford to be broken here.

Drop shot clips the top of the net and works in her favour again, just when she needed it. 30-30. But that’s long from Jabeur, break point Rybakina! She’ll serve for the match if she takes this.

TAKEN! Succession of big forehands from Rybakina and she has a double break!

Rybakina 3-6 6-2 4-2* Jabeur

15:47 , Matt Verri

Rybakina swiftly after yet another drop shot, no chance with this one as it clips the top of the net and dies on her. That’s then a really tight forehand, sails beyond the baseline. 0-30.

SHOT! Perfect lob from Jabeur and she has three break points to get this set back on serve!

First one saved by Rybakina, this time the lob floats just long. Centre Court crowd think she’s taken the second after a brilliant point... just out though from Jabeur. 30-40. And Rybakina saves all three! Flat backhand down the line. So impressive.

Challenge from Jabeur, as her return is called long. It was, by a few blades of grass. And Rybakina holds as the puts away the volley! Massive game.

Rybakina 3-6 6-2 *3-2 Jabeur

15:41 , Matt Verri

Jabeur keeping herself in this match. Long rally, she comes out on top as the Rybakina slice floats long. It’s then a really poor volley from Rybakina, who had worked the point nicely up to that point.

Backhand long from Rybakina, big cheers from Centre Court. Jabeur holds.

Rybakina 3-6 6-2 3-1* Jabeur

15:37 , Matt Verri

Jabeur gets a 75mph second serve to attack, but she hammers a backhand into the net. Another second serve, another wayward return. 30-15.

Rybakina has a couple of goes at the volley at the net, the second of which flies out. No sign of nerves there - backhand catches the line and it’s another important hold.

Rybakina 3-6 6-2 *2-1 Jabeur

15:33 , Matt Verri

Drop shot has become a bit predictable from Jabeur, and this one doesn’t even clear the net. She goes for it again, Rybakina gets there but flicks the ball long. 15-15.

Full faith in the drop shot remains. Rybakina runs it down but can’t do more than that, her reply lands wide.

Return then flies long, Jabeur on the board in the third set. Crowd are right behind her.

Rybakina 3-6 6-2 2-0* Jabeur

15:30 , Matt Verri

Again Rybakina slaps the forehand into the net from close range as she moves forward. Had trouble with that shot all match. She then sends this one long, 15-30. This has lifted Jabeur’s mood again.

Net cord chased down by Rybakina, Jabeur has lots of room for the lob but it’s just long. 30-30. Big chance there for Jabeur.

Rybakina showing some nice touch to go with the power, drop volley is too good for Jabeur to run down. Forehand winner from Rybakina and she consolidates the break.

Rybakina 3-6 6-2 *1-0 Jabeur

15:25 , Matt Verri

Almost! Rybakina looks to have hammered a forehand, but it’s called out. She doesn’t realise that until the next point is about to start, eventually challenges and it is in! 0-30. Jabeur less than impressed.

Two break points Rybakina. Jabeur nets the forehand on the return, Rybakina with a couple of chances to take control of the final.

Return off the frame of the racquet, Jabeur saves one. Not the second! Lovely hands from Rybakina at the net and she breaks in the opening game of the third set.

Rybakina 3-6 6-2 Jabeur

15:19 , Matt Verri

Rybakina serving for the second set. Forehand winner followed by an unreturned first serve is the ideal start.

And again she doesn’t have to hit a second shot in the point. Three set points Rybakina.

Ace out wide! Her second of the match and we’re going to a decider on Centre Court.

Rybakina 3-6 *5-2 Jabeur

15:16 , Matt Verri

Net cord works perfectly for Rybakina. Jabeur can only flick it back over the net and the lob from Rybakina is good enough to win the point. 0-30. Break here and she’ll be serving at the start of the decider.

Great backhand winner from Jabeur though, before Rybakina slices the return long. 30-30.

Loose returns again from Rybakina and Jabeur does her job on serve.

Rybakina 3-6 5-1* Jabeur

15:14 , Matt Verri

Couple of quick points from Rybakina to start the game, before a net cord stops what looked like being a backhand winner.

She confidently puts that forehand away at the net, in contrast to some of the shots seen in the first set. 40-15.

Jabeur then can’t get the first serve back in play. Rybakina one game away from levelling this match.

Rybakina 3-6 4-1* Jabeur

15:10 , Matt Verri

It’s Jabeur with the aces so far in this final. Rybakina hasn’t found any yet.

Jabeur throws in a double fault though, bit of pressure on this game now at 30-30. And especially now she makes a mess of the forehand at the net. Break point Rybakina.

Taken! Long from Jabeur and Rybakina has a double break in the second set.

Rybakina 3-6 3-1* Jabeur

15:08 , Matt Verri

Poor slice from Jabeur, floats long. She’s furious with herself. 115mph first serve down the T and at long last Rybakina holds.

Jabeur unable to take those chances to get it back on serve.

15:06 , Matt Verri

Definitely less nerves from Rybakina in this second set, she’s settled down and started to produce the kind of tennis we’ve seen over the past fortnight.

Backhand winner down the line, before a forehand does the damage as Jabeur’s slice flies out. 40-15. Couple of loose points from Rybakina, unforced errors return and it’s deuce.

That’s long too from Rybakina. Break point Jabeur, chance to get this back on serve. Saved with a forehand whipped crosscourt. Break point again though, backhand is long from Rybakina. She’s holding firm! Well-worked point and finished at the net.

Back to deuce again, as they exchange winners. Feels like a huge game in this match . Double fault - third break point coming up. Third break point saved! Low slice into the net from Jabeur. Deuce.

Rybakina 3-6 *2-1 Jabeur

14:57 , Matt Verri

Jabeur slowly jogs after a lob, intent on producing the tweener. Sends it low into the net.

Rybakina still swinging away and she’s starting to have a bit more success now, clean backhand winner. 30-30.

More good work from Jabeur, making Rybakina cover most of Centre Court before whipping a forehand pass. Rybakina runs that drop shot down though, and it’s a sublime flick down the line. Deuce.

Break point Rybakina! So, so good. Again she has to scramble after a drop shot, again she has the response. Expecting the drop shot now. Jabeur saves it with the help of a net cord.

Return into the net from Rybakina and Jabeur avoids falling a double break behind.

Rybakina 3-6 2-0* Jabeur

14:50 , Matt Verri

Rybakina starting to get going now. Flat backhand, Jabeur can’t get it back in play.

That’s brilliant from Jabeur though! Jumps in front of the Rybakina forehand at the net, somehow gets a racquet to it and the ball drops at Rybakina’s feet. She can’t do anything with it.

Rybakina has another chance to put away a forehand at the net, slices it long. 40-30. Backhand into the net, deuce.

Break point Jabeur! Poor drop shot from Rybakina, Jabeur has time to get there and flick it down the line. Saved with a huge serve down the T.

Long forehand from Jabeur and that’s a battling hold.

Rybakina 3-6 *1-0 Jabeur

14:44 , Matt Verri

There were 17 unforced errors from Rybakina in that opening set and she’s swiftly adding to that tally. Has to tidy up and quickly.

That’s better - forehand winner down the line. Break point Rybakina!

Taken! Jabeur into the net and it’s a perfect response from Rybakina at the start of the second set.

Rybakina 3-6 Jabeur

14:40 , Matt Verri

Again from Rybakina! At the net with a simple forehand as Jabeur commits early, can’t clear the net. Double fault follows - 0-30.

And now a wild forehand, this is a disastrous game. Three set points Jabeur!

SET JABEUR! Rybakina slaps the forehand low into the net and Jabeur moves halfway to the Wimbledon title.

Rybakina *3-5 Jabeur

14:38 , Matt Verri

Chance is there for Rybakina to make the backhand pass down the line, it’s wide though.

She then looks to have the point completely in her hands, as Jabeur flicks the ball up and leaves Rybakina a volley into an entirely open court. Into the net.

Jabeur one game away from the opening set.

Rybakina 3-4* Jabeur

14:35 , Matt Verri

Rybakina not getting free points on serve, having to work harder than she’s been used to this tournament.

Jabeur nets a backhand though and then sends a couple of groundstokes long. Comfortable enough hold for Rybakina and she stays in touch in the opening set.

Rybakina *2-4 Jabeur

14:31 , Matt Verri

It’s Jabeur doing the damage on serve, Rybakina not really getting a look. Ace from the Tunisian and it’s 30-0.

Better from Rybakina though. Huge return, followed by an unforced error from Jabeur and she has a slight opening in the game.

Not like that - Rybakina sends the backhand into the net and Jabeur marches on.

Rybakina 2-3* Jabeur

14:27 , Matt Verri

Another drop shot, another pass. Rybakina being worked around the court. It’s then long from Rybakina, under pressure on serve again at 15-30.

That’s impressive though, flat hitting sets up the point and she then keeps her nerve with the swinging volley. Deep forehand from Rybakina to follow and Jabeur can’t get it back as she slides. Unforced error again though from Rybakina - deuce.

Massive return from Jabeur, sets up another break point! Lets Rybakina off the hook, forehand sent long. She’ll get another chance though, Rybakina forehand misfires once more. Break point saved again, drop shot doesn’t clear the net.

Bit hitting from Rybakina, big hold.

Rybakina *1-3 Jabeur

14:20 , Matt Verri

Drop shot from Jabeur, brings forward Rybakina who does well to flick it back deep. But Jabeur then finds a brilliant backhand pass.

First serve doesn’t come back and Jabeur consolidates the break with a swift hold to love. She’s in charge on Centre.

Rybakina 1-2* Jabeur

14:17 , Matt Verri

Jabeur gets a second serve to attack and does so, deep return and Rybakina can’t do anything with it. It’s then another unforced error from Rybakina, forehand sails long. 15-30.

Doesn’t put her off though, she continues to stay aggressive as you’d expect. Backhand crosscourt catches the line. Break point Jabeur! Keeps herself in the point, finds a brilliant deep slice and Rybakina slaps a forehand into the net.

Massive roar from Jabeur as she breaks! Long again from Rybakina and it’s first blood Jabeur.

Rybakina *1-1 Jabeur

14:13 , Matt Verri

Anything you can do...

Ace down the T from Jabeur and she took has made a solid start on serve. Rybakina then hammers a forehand return down the line, Jabeur barely moved.

Just wide with the backhand as she goes for another winner. Jabeur holds.

Rybakina 1-0* Jabeur

14:10 , Matt Verri

119mph first serve doesn’t come back, Rybakina with a confident start. Another first serve follows and another free point.

What looked like a rapid hold to love has become a bit more nervy now - couple of unforced errors from Rybakina low into the net.

Or not. Forehand winner from Rybakina and she is on the board.

14:08 , Matt Verri

Jabeur wins the toss and opts to receive first. Rybakina will get us up and running.

Looooooong walk

14:04 , Matt Verri

Here we go...

14:00 , Matt Verri

Players are out on Centre Court, which is pretty much completely full as you’d expect.

Jabeur out first, waves to the crowd. No reaction from Rybakina behind her. Full. Focus.

History suggests quick afternoon

13:51 , Matt Verri

Since 2006, only two women’s singles finals have gone to three sets. There have been plenty of comfortable, and quick, victories.

We got a tight three-setter last year, between Barty and Pliskova. More of the same this time?

Head-to-head...

13:46 , Matt Verri

Of the two completed matches these two have played, it’s 1-1. Both went to three sets. Jabeur also won their most recent meeting at the end of last year when Rybakina had to retire.

It could be a tight one!

Not long now...

13:35 , Matt Verri

About 25 minutes to go until Rybakina and Jabeur walk out on Centre Court.

It’s another boiling hot day at SW19 - an afternoon to dominate the rallies and force your opponent to move around the court.

Good company for the winner!

13:29 , Matt Verri

How Jabeur reached the final...

13:20 , Matt Verri

Jabeur dropped just 13 games across her first three wins this tournament, as she motored through the early rounds.

It was a bit tighter against Elise Mertens, before Jabeur then needed three sets to get past Marie Bouzkova in the quarter-finals and Tatjana Maria in the last four.

She has been on court for more than an hour less than Rybakina during the tournament.

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How Rybakina reached the final...

13:12 , Matt Verri

Rybakina had potentially tricky matches against CoCo Vandeweghe and Bianca Andreescu in her opening two rounds, but came through both in straight sets.

It was not until the quarter-finals that she dropped a set for the first time, against Ajla Tomljanovic, and Rybakina then produced a stunning performance to breeze past Simona Halep in the last four.

13 sets played, 12 won.

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(AFP via Getty Images)

Very popular!

13:04 , Matt Verri

Jabeur keeping spirits high

12:51 , Matt Verri

The minister for happiness versus the Muscovite. A game for grass from a different Wimbledon era against power tennis. Tomorrow’s women’s final is a total contrast, writes Matt Majendie.

Both Ons Jabeur and Elena Rybakina share the accolade of being first-time Grand Slam finalists and Wimbledon will get a new winner, but that is where the likeness ends.

On a day when Boris Johnson finally resigned and Sir Keir Starmer was in the Royal Box, Jabeur was, bizarrely, asked for her take on British politics.

Her response was simply that she was the “minister of happiness”. And with the throngs of Tunisian fans who gathered below as she gave her post-match interviews and whom she joined afterwards in celebration, she seemed to be doing just that.

Read the full story!

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Prediction

12:39 , Matt Verri

Jabeur is the favourite and that seems fair - the Tunisian has more ways to win this match. For Rybakina it’s a case of establishing her huge groundstrokes and being as solid as ever behind the serve, while Jabeur is able to bring a bit more variety to the match.

While Rybakina was sensational in the semi-finals, the edge is just given to Jabeur who has dropped a set in each of her last two matches but then responded superbly.

She looks to have the stronger all-round game, and Rybakina may find it more difficult to swing freely on the biggest of stages.

Jabeur to win in three sets.

How to watch

12:31 , Matt Verri

TV channel: BBC will broadcast the match on BBC One with coverage on the channel commencing at 1pm BST.

Live stream: TV licence fee-payers can stream the tennis action over the next two weeks via the BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website and app.

LIVE blog: Keep across all of the coverage right here with us!

Start time

12:20 , Matt Verri

Rybakina and Jabeur will walk out onto the court at 2pm BST.

There are no matches before that on Centre Court, so we can take that time as fact!

Good afternoon!

12:13 , Matt Verri

Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of Elena Rybakina vs Ons Jabeur in the Wimbledon final!

For the first time since 1962, there are two first-time Grand Slam finalists in the women’s singles showpiece at SW19 - a new experience for both of them!

We’ll have all the build-up right here ahead of the match getting underway later this afternoon on Centre Court.

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