With a Wimbledon Title, Elena Rybakina Finally Cracks a Smile

Rybakina’s victory at Wimbledon was deeply impressive but not the outcome that most in Centre Court 

Elena Rybakina’s surprise run to the Wimbledon title — full of overwhelming serves 

timely winners and underrated defense — was a thing of cruel beauty. 

Poker face firmly in place, Rybakina, a 6-foot tower of power, knocked out rising stars like the Chinese teenager Zheng Qinwen, 

former Grand Slam champions like Bianca Andreescu and Simona Halep and in Saturday’s final, 

But however impressive, it was clear that this was not the outcome that most of those in the crowd or on the payrolls of the All England Club were yearning for 

The timing was all wrong, even if the 23-year-old Rybakina’s timing from the baseline was often pitch perfect 

You could sense the buzz kill on Centre Court, whose denizens roared for Jabeur from the start but greeted Rybakina and her victory, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, politely.