Clinical Rybakina stuns Halep to reach Wimbledon final

The Russian-born Kazakh pummelled her Romanian opponent with rasping serves and savage forehands



Elena Rybakina celebrates winning her semifinal match against Simona Halep. (Reuters)
Elena Rybakina celebrates winning her semifinal match against Simona Halep. (Reuters)

By Reuters

Published: Thu 7 Jul 2022, 8:29 PM

Elena Rybakina powered into the Wimbledon final by dismantling former champion Simona Halep 6-3 6-3 on Thursday with a clinical display to reach her maiden Grand Slam showpiece.

Halep was caught in the crosshairs of an onslaught from the Russian-born Kazakh, who pummelled her Romanian opponent with rasping serves and savage forehands.

Halep, the champion in 2019, did not help her cause, with a string of double faults to hand Rybakina chances at key moments.

Yet the 17th seed needed little assistance, as she became the first player from Kazakhstan to reach a Grand Slam final, where she will meet Tunisian third seed Ons Jabeur.


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