Moscow-born Elena Rybakina, who represents Kazakhstan, has gained the Wimbledon title at a event the place Russians are banned.
The 23-year-old beat world No 2 Ons Jabeur of Tunisia in three units 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.
Rybakina confirmed some nerves within the first set however got here again robust within the second and third to defeat Jabeur, who had been seeking to turn into the primary Arab lady and the primary African lady to win a Grand Slam.
The All England Membership’s imposed a ban on Russian and Belarusian gamers after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
However Rybakina was allowed to compete as she switched to signify Kazakhstan 4 years in the past.
Her win is historic as a result of she is the primary participant to signify Kazakhstan to win a Grand Slam title.
Rybakina made the choice to change allegiances to obtain extra funding, and has repeatedly mentioned she is completely happy to signify her adopted nation.
Requested earlier than the ultimate if she nonetheless “feels Russian”, Rybakina mentioned: “What does it imply so that you can really feel? I imply, I am taking part in tennis, so for me, I am having fun with my time right here.
“I really feel for the gamers who could not come right here, however I am simply having fun with taking part in right here on the most important stage, having fun with my time and attempting to do my finest.
“I am already taking part in for Kazakhstan for a very long time. I am actually completely happy representing Kazakhstan.”
She has known as for the conflict in Ukraine to “cease as quickly as attainable”. Requested about her residence, which is reported to be in Moscow, she mentioned: “I believe I am based mostly on tour as a result of I am touring each week.”
The event’s choice to ban Russian and Belarusian gamers – which stopped world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev from taking part, amongst others – was extremely controversial.
In response, the ladies’s and males’s tennis associations, WTA and ATP respectively, took the unprecedented step of not awarding rating factors to any gamers on the event.