Wimbledon is one of the biggest sporting events on the planet, so it’s no surprise that it attracts prominent people from every field. The women’s singles final between Ons Jabeur and Elena Rybakina was attended by several celebrities and public figures.
These include Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, who made her customary appearance at the presentation ceremony. The 40-year-old, along with her husband, Prince William, also saw local boy Cameron Norrie clinch his place in the semi-finals earlier this week by defeating David Goffin in five sets.
The legendary Billie Jean King, who has won the grass court Major 16 times over both singles and doubles, was also present in the Royal Box. Also present at the event was the twice Oscar-winning actress Dame Maggie Smith, who was seen greeting King before the game.
Tom Cruise was also present to watch the final at SW19, like last year.
Other celebrities who came to watch the women’s singles final at the All England Club were actress Jodie Comer and singer Ellie Goulding.
Elena Rybakina beat Wimbledon by beating Ons Jabeur in the final
Elena Rybakina won Wimbledon by beating Ons Jabeur in the final. The Tunisian won the opening set 6-3, but the 23-year-old Kazakh turned the table by beating the second and third sets 6-2, 6-2 to win her first Grand Slam.
Rybakina made history by becoming the first player from Kazakhstan to win a Grand Slam singles title.
The 23-year-old looked calm on the outside, but revealed that she had to hold back tears during the presentation ceremony.
“I am always very calm,” Rybakina was quoted as saying by WTA’s official website. “I do not know what should happen. When I finally gave a speech, I thought, ‘I’m going to cry now,’ but somehow I’m holding on. Maybe later when I’m going to be alone in the room, I’m going to cry incessantly. I do not know. Maybe because I believe I can do it deep inside. But at the same time it’s like too many emotions. I was just trying to keep myself calm. Maybe one day you will get great reaction from me see, but unfortunately not today. ”
Ironically, Rybakina was born in Moscow and chose to play under the Kazakh flag in 2018. Russian and Belarusian players have been banned from the Championships due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.