The women’s singles champion is delighted at collecting her first major but less pleased with the attendant limelight
Elena Rybakina has not been to Kazakhstan since April and the next time she will wear her country’s colours on her back will be in the Billie Jean King Cup in Glasgow in November. Though she still lives in Moscow, having switched her allegiance from Russia in 2018, her history-making victory in the Wimbledon final on Saturday will surely make her a household name in her adopted country. Moreover, her win against Ons Jabeur could also spark a surge of interest in tennis in Kazakhstan and inspire the next generation.
Being the centre of attention is not necessarily something with which Rybakina is comfortable. Her non-celebration, unless you count blowing out her cheeks, at the end of the final was absolutely on point for the 23‑year‑old, who would happily just merge into the background if she could. The extra media attention after winning her first grand slam title is something she will have to get used to and how she deals with it could go a long way to deciding how she performs in the coming months as she comes to terms with her achievement and what it means for her, and for Kazakhstan.
Written by Simon Cambers at Wimbledon
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/jul/10/elena-rybakina-wimbledon-win-kasakhstan under the title “Elena Rybakina still hungry but quiet life is at an end after Wimbledon win”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.