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'Elena Rybakina stole my title,' says Ons Jabeur after Wimbledon disappointment

Ons Jabeur joked that Elena Rybakina had 'stolen' her Wimbledon title, but she also couldn't begrudge her it.
Elena Rybakina and Ons Jabeur after Wimbledon final

Ons Jabeur has joked that Elena Rybakina 'stole' her Wimbledon title after the Kazakhstani took the honours on Centre Court.

Jabeur went into the final as the favourite, and with good reason after producing some brilliant tennis over the two weeks.

She started much the better too, forcing her opponent to scamper around the court in vain before claiming the first set.

However, in the second set Rybakina's big serve started to find its mark, and she was able to come back and claim a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 win and her maiden major.

Ons Jabeur had hoped that it would be her who claimed her first Grand Slam, and has often spoke of how she wants to become the first Arabic player to win a Slam.

However, she was typically magnanimous in defeat.

"Elena stole my title, but it's okay," she joked. "I love this tournament so much and I felt really sad but its okay.

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"In tennis, there is only one winner and I am sure it has inspired many generations from my country. I hope they are listening.

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"Hopefully, next time will be mine. I also want to thank this beautiful crowd for their support for the two weeks, it's been amazing. Thank you very much and I just want to wish Eid Mubarak to all Muslims around the world."

Despite her disappointment, Ons Jabeur admitted she felt she was unable to begrudge Elena Rybakina her moment.

"I would like to congratulate Elena," she said. "She played amazingly. She and her team, great job, I mean they deserve this.

"I could not have done this without my team there. They always believed in me and pushed me to do more, so thank you for your support and thank you for believing in me."

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