Elena Rybakina's brutal confession after historic Wimbledon triumph

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Elena Rybakina (pictured left) accepting the Wimbledon trophy from the Duchess of Cambridge (pictured right).
Elena Rybakina (pictured left) admitted she was too stressed out to properly enjoy the Wimbledon final on Saturday. (Getty Images)

Wimbledon women's champion Elena Rybakina has made the admission she was so nervous during the final she didn't enjoy the experience as much as she should have.

Rybakina defeated Tunisian World No.2 Ons Jabeur in Saturday's showdown at the All England Club to win her maiden grand slam title.

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The 23-year-old said she was thrilled to have won the title and was struggling to put into words how happy she was.

"I didn't expect I was going to be in the second week of both a grand slam and Wimbledon. To be a winner, it's just amazing," Rybakina said after succeeding retired Australian Ash Barty as the new ladies champion.

"Honestly, I don't have the words to say how happy I am."

However, Rybakina also made the tough admission that she didn't enjoy the time out on court because she was so nervous ahead of the biggest match of her career.

“Today I was too stressed out," she said of the match.

"I think I didn’t enjoy it as much as I should maybe. I enjoyed more the semi-final."

"I think I am going to enjoy for sure maybe tomorrow, maybe when everything is going to be calm...but, yeah, for now it was stressful."

Her opponent, Jabeur even joked in the post-match press conference she would offer some tips for Rybakina on how to celebrate after the Kazakhstan star was quite stoic after her famous victory.

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While the victory was undoubtedly the highlight of Rybakina's emerging career, the Moscow-born 17th seed's presence in the final had resulted in some awkwardness.

Rybakina has represented Kazakhstan since changing allegiances in 2018, and does not have any official affiliation with Russia or the Russian Tennis Federation.

Some questions have been raised with regards to Wimbledon's blanket ban on players from Russia and Belarus in the wake of the ongoing war in Ukraine.

The ban was partly introduced to prevent the awkward scenario of a member of the royal family, in this year's case Kate Middleton, from presenting the trophy a Russian player in light of current events.

Elena Rybakina (pictured right) embraces Ons Jabeur (pictured) after the women's singles final match at Wimbledon.
Elena Rybakina (pictured right) embraces Ons Jabeur (pictured) after the women's singles final match at Wimbledon. (Photo by Han Yan/Xinhua via Getty Images)

Asked about her ties to Russia in her press conference immediately after her victory, a weary Rybakina said she had represented Kazakhstan for years and would continue to do so.

"I can only say that I'm representing Kazakhstan. I didn't choose where I was born," she said.

"I'm playing for Kazakhstan very, very long time. I represent on the biggest tournaments, Olympics, which was dream come true.

"People believed in me. Kazakhstan supported me so much. Even today I heard so many support. I saw the flags. So I don't know how to answer these questions."

John McEnroe said of the controversy: "I just think it's weird because of this whole thing. I don't mean to get into politics here but she is Russian, right? It is sort of strange because of this whole ordeal of not allowing the Russians to play."

with AAP

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