Elena Rybakina Upsets Ons Jabeur to Win Wimbledon Women’s Singles Tournament

  • Elena Rybakina defeated Ons Jabeur to win the 2022 women’s Wimbledon Singles tournament.
  • Rybakina opened with 100-1 odds to win the tournament and entered the tournament at +1600 odds to lift the Venus Rosewater Dish.
  • The 23-year old has opened with the third-shortest odds to win the 2022 U.S. Open at +1200.

The 2022 women’s Wimbledon singles final began with world no. 1 Iga Swiatek as heavy betting favorite. It ended with Elena Rybakina pulling off the upset as the +130 betting underdog against pre-tournament second favorite Ons Jabeur in the final.

Rybakina rallied after losing the first set 6-3 to win the next two 6-2, 6-2 and win her first Grand Slam singles title.

From 100-1 Odds to Wimbledon Champion

Rybakina opened with 100-1 odds to win Wimbledon. She entered the tournament at +1600 odds via BetMGM and had the third-longest odds among the four women’s semifinalists at +500. But the Russian-born Kazakhstan tennis player stunned Simona Halep as the +230 betting underdog to advance to her first-ever Grand Slam final. She did not stop there.

Jabeur opened as the -130 favorite to win the final and closed at -150 odds. Meanwhile, Rybakina hit the betting boards at +110 odds and closed at a +125 price. After Jabeur won the opening set, it looked like she would become the first Arab or African to win a Grand Slam singles title in the Open Era or since 1968 and history was on her side.

Prior to Saturday, the winner of the first set had won the last 56 women’s major finals dating back to the 2006 U.S. Open. Meanwhile, Jabeur entered the tournament with a 30-1 record this year when winning the first set. Jabeur leads the women’s tour with 13 wins in three-setters this season. But Rybakina came out stronger after losing the first set and won the next two to become a Grand Slam champion for the first time in her professional tennis career.

Youngest Wimbledon Champion Since 2011

At the age of 23, Rybakina is the youngest player to lift the Venus Rosewater Dish Since 21-year-old Petra Kvitova won in 2011. Rybakina is also the 2nd-lowest-ranked women’s tennis player since the WTA computerized rankings were first used in 1975 to win the sport’s grasscourt grand slam women’s singles title. Only Venus Williams who was no. 31 in 2007 was ranked lower. But Williams had already been world no. 1 before that. Rybakina has been ranked only as high as no. 12.

Prior to her win, Rybakina’s best finish at a Grand Slam event was making the quarterfinals at Roland Garros last year. Her first appearance at the All-England Club last year ended in the 4th round and this year, she was ousted in the second round in Melbourne and the third round in Paris. Literally, nobody thought she would be the last woman standing on Saturday.

World no. 1 Iga Swiatek has once again opened as the heavy betting favorite to win the last Grand Slam event in New York at +250. Naomi Osaka is second at +600. Rybakina? The new Wimbledon women’s champion is currently tied with Simona Halep and Aryna Sabalenka with the third-best odds to win at +1200 via Bet365 USA. She has better odds than Jabeur (+1400), Coco Gauff (+1400), and Serena Williams (+1800 ) among others.

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Author: Micheal May