(Reuters) – Kazakhstan Tennis Federation president Bulat Utemuratov on Sunday mentioned Elena Rybakina’s success has been a very long time within the making after she gained the Wimbledon remaining to change into the nation’s first Grand Slam singles champion.
Rybakina fought again from a set right down to overpower favorite Ons Jabeur on Saturday and declare a 3-6 6-2 6-2 victory in her first Grand Slam remaining.
The big-serving 23-year-old, who was born in Moscow and reportedly nonetheless lives there, switched allegiance to Kazakhstan 4 years in the past to achieve extra monetary help.
“She was in a position to present her nice potential and an especially excessive degree of play in opposition to very sturdy opponents,” Utemuratov mentioned. “But it was not a shock. Elena had been enhancing on a constant foundation and heading in the direction of this sort of success for a while.
“There was a interval in Elena’s tennis profession on the age of 18 when she thought-about stopping. Help from our federation at a essential time … proved to be efficient, and we’re glad that we had been in a position to give her a possibility to attain her goals.
“We have some very promising younger tennis gamers in Kazakhstan and I’m extremely enthusiastic about each Elena’s future and the game in our nation.”
Utemuratov, who was current at Centre Court and cheering on Rybakina from her field, mentioned he determined to journey to London after her quarter-final win over Ajla Tomljanovic as a present of help.
“I attempt to come and help (gamers) personally,” Utemuratov mentioned. “It is a particular feeling to be on the Centre Court of Wimbledon within the gamers’ field and to have the ability to actively help and cheer… The feelings immediately had been simply overwhelming.”
After her win, Rybakina made a level to focus on the help of Utemuratov.
“It’s simply unbelievable. I’m tremendous completely happy. I recognize Mr. Bulat Utemuratov,” Rybakina informed reporters on Saturday. “He got here to observe and help me from the semis.
“He was at all times on the cellphone by the weeks, by the matches, supporting me. So I’m actually, actually grateful for all the pieces.”
(Reporting by Aadi Nair in Bengaluru)