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2023 Australian Open: The first Grand Slam of the new tennis season is here

MELBOURNE, Australia – The 2023 Australian Open begins on Monday, Jan. 16 in Melbourne. Casper Ruud (Men’s Singles) is aiming for his maiden major title after a run to the US Open final in September, while Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis (Men’s Doubles) and Diede de Groot (Women’s Wheelchair Singles) are looking to defending their 2022 crowns.

 

Ruud leads Team Yonex 
One year after being forced to pull out of the AO due to an ankle injury, Casper Ruud (NOR) returns to Melbourne as the world No. 3. After his disappointment in Melbourne a year ago, Ruud made runs to the finals of both the French Open and US Open, creating history for his native Norway. This time in Melbourne, he will be aiming for his long-cherished Grand Slam title – and also has a shot at leaving Australia as the new world No.1.

Jessica is ready for the triumph 
The American is one of the most improved players in the past 12 months in women’s tennis. Jessica Pegula (USA) helped her country win the United Cup in the season opener with a 4-1 record, including a convincing 6-2 6-2 victory over world No. 1 Iga Swiatek. Pegula is aiming for a deep run at the Australian Open after breaking into the top 10 in June.

NEW VCORE set to be revealed
Denis Shapovalov (CAN), Caroline Garcia (FRA) and Elena Rybakina (KAZ) will hit the match courts in Melbourne with a new weapon; The “VCORE” Yonex racquet.

American star Tiafoe shines in Melbourne 
Frances Tiafoe (USA) also played a key role in Team USA’s United Cup triumph to open the 2023 season. With an undisputed talent, the 24-year-old has been on the rise since a run to the US Open semi-finals last season, before helping Team World to its first-ever win in the Laver Cup. 

Will Nick Kyrgios/ Thanasi Kokkinakis make another Bromance?(AUS)
The victory of this duo last year was one of the most sensational stories in tennis in all of 2022. It was a monumental moment for both, but especially for Kyrgios, who has been under the spotlight for nearly a decade. The run was a precursor to his Wimbledon success, where he finished as runner-up in singles. Will the bromance capture Australia’s attention once again? 

Beating the heat at the AO with Yonex
Temperatures can sometimes soar to 100 degrees F/37C in Melbourne during the Australian Open. Yonex wear uses cutting-edge technology to support the players in their battle against the heat. The players’ tournament style apparel is equipped with the original VERY COOL feature, which keeps the inner temperature approximately 3℃ lower than the outside with xylitol’s cooling effect, allowing athletes to play comfortably in the midst of the summer heat. 

Official Partner of the Australian Open
The Yonex Stringing Team is the Official Stringing Team of the Australian Open for the 8th consecutive year. The 2023 team consists of 20 stringers from 11 countries and is dedicated to providing the world standard of racquet stringing and is supported by the Made-in-Japan PRECISION 9.0 machines that excel in precision stringing.

 

Casper Ruud (NOR) | EZONE / POLYTOUR SPIN / POLYTOUR PRO / Melbourne Collection / ECLIPSION

Jessica Pegula (USA) | EZONE

Denis Shapovalov (CAN) | VCORE / POLYTOUR STRIKE

Caroline Garcia (FRA) | VCORE / POLYTOUR STRIKE / Melbourne Collection

Elena Rybakina (KAZ) | VCORE / POLYTOUR FIRE

Frances Tiafoe (USA) | VCORE PRO / POLYTOUR PRO

Nick Kyrgios(AUS)| EZONE / POLYTOUR PRO

Thanasi Kokkinakis(AUS)| EZONE

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2022 US OPEN

2022 US OPEN - RUUD, TIAFOE AND GARCIA REACH SEMIFINALS

New York- The US Open Singles quarterfinals completed on Day 10. 5th seed Casper Ruud (NOR), 22th seed Frances Tiafoe (USA) and 17th seed Caroline Garcia (FRA) advanced to the semifinals for the first time at the US Open.  
 
Casper Ruud has beat 2021 Wimbledon runner-up Matteo Berrettini and become the first Norwegian player to advance to a US Open semifinal. The first two sets were in his control, he didn’t allow any break chances and won 5 games straight for the first set. In the third set, Bellettini was on the attack but Ruud was able to fight off his challenge and finished the match in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6(4). Ruud has earned eight titles for clay court but he proved that he developed more confidence on hard-court matches.  
Ruud will next face 27th seed Karen Khachanov.  
 
Caroline Garcia gets a win over the American teenager Coco Gauff to reach to her first US Open semi-finals. She has won in straight sets in all rounds of this tournament and never loosen her aggressive play at the quarterfinal. In the first set, Garcia won the first four games consecutively and her net play was also outstanding, which marked 81% net points won. She completed the match in straight set again, 6-3, 6-4.  
Her next opponent will be No.5 seed Ons Jabeur.  
 
Frances Tiafoe made another big win to defeat ninth seed Andrey Rublev. Tiafoe’s remarkable run showed excellent performance everywhere, 18 service aces, 76% net points won, and 46 winners. After winning the first and second sets in a tiebreaker, Tiafoe took advantage of the only break of service in the match Tiafoe broke for the first time in the third set and won in straight sets 7-6(3), 7-6(0), 6-4. Tiafoe said ‘This is wild, this is crazy’ after the match. He is the American Semifinalist for the first time in 16 years and will face 3rd seed Carlos Alcaraz on 9th Friday. 
 
Singles Quarterfinal Results 
[5] Casper Ruud (NOR) def. Matteo Berrettini, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6(4) 
[17] Caroline Garcia (FRA) def. Coco Gauff, 6-3, 6-4 
[22] Frances Tiafoe (USA) vs. Andrey Rublev 7-6(3), 7-6(0), 6-4

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EZONE OSAKA – AN OSAKA SISTER ORIGINAL

EZONE OSAKA - AN OSAKA SISTER ORIGINAL

TOKYO — Yonex Co., Ltd. is proud to announce the OSAKA EZONE racquet and PRO  SERIES BAG, launching August 25, 2022.

Naomi Osaka and her sister, Mari, collaborated with Yonex’s Research & Development team to create a one-of-a-kind cosmetic for the racquet and bag.

“My sister and I have always talked about designing a racquet and to see it come to life is really special – the design is so detailed and unique,” said Naomi.

First, the sisters considered their childhood, where their mother visualized the duo as dragons. After all, dragons represent great power, good luck, and strength.

Mari began sketching the dragon and found that a spiritual spider lily would complete the design. The spider lily also represents strength and beauty because “the power of a woman is that she can combine the two,” said Mari. Then came the color selection: gold and purple, a luxurious blend for power and ambition.

“The dragons represent an unwavering, fighting spirit,” said Mari. “I hope the racquet gives Naomi strength and confidence every time she steps on the court even when I’m not with her.”

Naomi will debut the OSAKA EZONE racquet and bag at the Silicon Valley Classic, a WTA 500 event in San Jose, California. Naomi’s summer schedule also includes stops in Toronto and Cincinnati before making her way to New York where she is a two-time US Open champion.

“I’m so excited to finally be able to use the OSAKA EZONE and bag in competition,” said Naomi, who will pair the OSAKA EZONE 98 with POLYTOUR STRIKE 125 string in iron gray to match her racquet.

The OSAKA EZONE is an added colorway to the 7th-generation EZONE series, which is crafted for power and comfort. The OSAKA EZONE series will feature a 98, 100, 100L and 100SL option.

The OSAKA Pro Series Racquet bag will be available in 6 or 9 racket variations.

“It was an incredible experience to make my and Naomi’s vision come to life with the team at Yonex,” Mari added. “I really enjoyed the process and hope that anyone who uses our racquet will find their inner strength to play at their very best.”


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Thomas and Uber Cup Finals: History in the making

Thomas and Uber Cup Finals: History in the making

  • Bangkok, Thailand – The 2022 Uber Cup finals came to a close on Saturday, May 14th where Korea dethroned China and ended a 12-year Uber Cup draught. The Uber Cup finals were followed soon after by the 2022 Thomas Cup finals on Sunday, May 15th where India made history winning their very first Thomas Cup and becoming the sixth country to achieve this in the tournament’s 73-year history.

    India faced off against the previous year’s champions, Indonesia. In three inspiring matches the India team, including men’s doubles Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (IND) and men’s singles’ Lakshya Sen (IND) secured the title, marking the team’s first win ever. “Best achievement by far in Indian badminton history. To call yourself a top badminton playing nation you have to have strength in singles and doubles and India has that now and that’s the reason for our triumph.” Stated India’s coach, Vimal Kumar.

    Uber Cup finals concluded with Korea dethroning the reigning champions, China with a 3-2 victory. Final’s day kicked off with a powerful women’s singles matchup between An Se Young (KOR) and Olympic gold medalist, Chen Yu Fei (CHN). An Se Young fought hard claiming the first match, but Chen Yu Fei came determined to win after her swift defeat last year to Akane Yamaguchi (JPN). After dropping the first match Chen Yu Fei came back and finished strong, ending the game with a score of 17-21, 21-15, 22-20.


    Women’s singles were followed by a heated women’s doubles match between Lee So Hee and Shin Seung Chan (KOR) and Jia Yi Fan and Chen Qing Chen (CHN). Getting off to a slow start in the first game Lee So Hee and Shin Seung Chan found their rhythm in the second and third matches where they came back with a strong victory and reset the tone for the remaining matches.12-21, 21-18, 21-18.


    Determined to reset the scales, women’s singles He Bing Jiao (CHN) claimed victory over Kim Ga Eun (KOR) in two quick sets, 21-12, 21-13. Up next, determined to stay in the race was women’s doubles Kim Hye Jeong and Kong Hee Yong (KOR) who sealed victory over Huang Dong Ping and Li Wen Mei (CHN) in a hard-fought match of 22-20, 20-17.

    Wrapping up the day, underdog Sim Yu Jin (KOR), ranked world No. 46 carried the pressure of not only the critical fifth match but also going up against 15-time champions, team China and Wang Zhi Yi (CHN) world No. 15. Sim Yu Jin didn’t crumble under the pressure as most predicted but instead thrived under the spotlight claiming victory with a smashing score of 28-26, 18-21, 21-8.


    Team Korea’s victory was truly an unforgettable final. Coach Kim Chungho shared her thoughts on the teams well deserved triumph. “I believe we were able to win the championship because our players’ desire to win was stronger than any other country’s.”

    Indian fans went wild home and abroad watching the India team make quick work of the finals in a 3-0 victory over Indonesia marking their first Thomas Cup win ever. To kick the high-tension day off, men’s singles, Lakshya Sen (IND) faced off against Anthony Sinisuka Ginting (INA) in a magnificent first match. Lakshya started off slow in the first game but proved that he was the right man for the first spot of the day with a victory score of 8-21, 21-17, 21-16.


    Following Lakshya’s tone setting win, men’s doubles Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (IND) were determined not to let their lead go to waste in an intense nail-biting match against Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Mohammad Ahsan (INA). This highly anticipated match between two powerhouses ended in India’s favor after Ahsan’s critical errors in the second game gave Shetty and Rankireddy the edge they needed to push forward for a clear victory of 18-21, 23-21, 21-19. In the following men’s singles match, Shrikanth Kidambi (IND) knew it was imperative to take advantage of India’s 2-0 lead over Indonesia, the previous year’s champions. Without faltering he managed a swift victory and cemented the team’s victory with a score of 21-15, 23-21.


    Yonex is proud to sponsor and support Team Korea and Team India. Team Yonex members continuously inspire the badminton world and challenge us all to be Far Beyond Ordinary.

    Athlete gear:
    An Se Young | ASTROX 77, BG80, POWER CUSHION AERUS
    Chen Yu Fei | ASTROX 77, BG80, POWER CUSHION 65 Z
    Lee So Hee | NANOFLARE 700, BG80, POWER CUSHION 65 Z
    Shin Seung Chan | NANOFLARE 700, BG80, POWER CUSHION 65 Z
    Chen Qing Chen | ASTROX 100, AEROBITE, POWER CUSHION 65 Z
    Jia Yi Fan | NANOFLARE 800, BG80, POWER CUSHION 65 Z
    He Bing Jiao | VOLTRIC Z FORCE 2, BG 66 ULTIMAX, POWER CUSHION COMFORT 3 WIDE
    Kim Ga Eun | ASTROX 77, POWER CUSHION 65 Z
    Kim Hye Jeong | NANOFLARE 700, POWER CUSHION 65 Z
    Kong Hee Yong | ASTROX 88 D, AEROBITE, POWER CUSHION 65 Z
    Huang Dong Ping | ASTROX 77, BG66 ULTIMAX, POWER CUSHION 65 Z
    Li Wen Mei | NANOFLARE 800, BG 80, POWER CUSHION 65 Z
    Sim Yu Jin | NANOFLARE 700, POWER CUSHION 65 Z
    Wang Zhi Yi | ASTROX 77, POWER CUSHION 65 Z
    Lakshya Sen | ASTROX 100, BG 80, POWER CUSHION 65 Z
    Chirag Shetty | DUORA Z-STRIKE, BG 80, POWER CUSHION 65 Z
    Satwiksairaj Rankireddy | VOLTRIC 80-E-tune, BG 80, POWER CUSHION 65 Z WIDE
    Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo | ASTROX 88 S PRO, AEROBITE BOOST, POWER CUSHION 65 Z

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Japan remains unstoppable at the YONEX All England

Japan remains unstoppable at the YONEX All England

  • BIRMINGHAM, England – The YONEX All England finals were held on March 20 with a packed stadium full of passionate fans and determined finalists. For the second year in a row, Japan took the prestigious event by storm with three strong victories by women’s singles, Akane Yamaguchi (JPN), women’s doubles, Nami Matsuyama and Chiharu Shida (JPN) and mixed doubles, Arisa Higashino and Yuta Watanabe (JPN).

  • World no. 2, Akane Yamaguchi and world no. 4, An Se Young (KOR) kicked off the finals in the highly anticipated women’s singles match-up. Yamaguchi remained calm and steady throughout the match, affording her the focus to wrap it up in just two games. The final score: 21-15, 21-15.

  • In women’s doubles, Nami Matsuyama and Chiharu Shida proved they are a force to be reckoned by making quick work of opponents Zhang Shu Xian and Zheng Yu (CHN) in just two swift games 21-13, 21-9.

  • Mixed doubles pair, Arisa Higashino and Yuta Watanabe found their rhythm against Olympic Gold medalists, Huang Dong Ping and Wang Yi Lyu (CHN) in two nail-biting games. Higashino and Watanabe’s defense was unbreakable, and their creative attacking style won them a well-deserved victory. The final score: 21-19, 21-19.

  • Finishing off finals day was Olympic gold medalist, Viktor Axelsen (DEN) facing off against the promising, up-and-coming Lakshya Sen (IND). After Lakshya’s colossal win against Lee Zii Jia (MAS) in the semifinals, fans were excited to see how he would perform against top athlete Viktor Axelsen. After two energy filled games, Viktor claimed his second All England title and proved why he is world no.1. The final score: 21-10, 21-15.

    Athlete gear:
    Akane Yamaguchi: ASTROX 100, EXBOLT 63, POWER CUSHION 65
    An Se Young: ASTROX 77, BG80, POWER CUSHION AERUS
    Nami Matsuyama: NANOFLARE 700, NANOGY 95, POWER CUSHION 65
    Chiharu Shida: NANOFLARE 800, ASTROX 77, POWER CUSHION 65
    Zhang Shu Xian: ASTROX 100, BG80, POWER CUSHION 65
    Zheng Yu: ASTROX 88 S, BG80, POWER CUSHION 65
    Arisa Higashino: NANOFLARE 700, EXBOLT 63, POWER CUSHION 65
    Huang Dong Ping: ASTROX 77, BG80, POWER CUSHION 65
    Wang Yi Lyu: ASTROX 88 D, BG80, POWER CUSHION 65
    Lakshya Sen: ASTROX 100, BG80, POWER CUSHION 65
    Viktor Axelsen: ASTROX 100, BG80, POWER CUSHION 65

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2022 Roland Garros

2022 Roland-Garros: Casper Ruud's Monumental Moment

  • PARIS – Casper Ruud (NOR) had never made it past the fourth round of a Grand Slam in 19 attempts leading up to this year’s Roland-Garros.

    Now, in his 20th major appearance, Ruud won his quarterfinal match, then his semifinal, and had his first shot at a Grand Slam title on Sunday,5 June, against Roland-Garros Champion Rafael Nadal. The young Norwegian was unable to usurp the ‘King of Clay’, Nadal, but put up an impressive fight. This is the first time a Norwegian male has made it into a Grand Slam final four.

    CASPER’S RUN UP TO THE FINALS

    Against [20] Marin Cilic in the night session on Friday’s semifinal, Ruud needed a set to settle down. The veteran Cilic was 2-for-2 on breakpoint opportunities and hit 15 winners to Ruud’s three in the opening set. As the match went on, Ruud continued increasing his level. He got the break he was looking for early in the second set to shift the momentum and eventually evened the match at one-set all.

    Ruud showed why he leads the Tour in matches won on clay in the past two years. He played nearly flawless in the next two sets to advance with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 victory.

    AROUND THE GROUNDS

    The women’s doubles final featured the 2016 champions from France – Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic – against the American duo Jessica Pegula (USA) and Coco Gauff. Garcia and Mladenovic came back from a set down to overcome and beat Pegula and Gauff.

    On Thursday, Ena Shibahara (JPN) won her first major title with a straight-set victory in the mixed doubles division. Shibahara, ranked no. 8 in women’s doubles, teamed up with Wesley Koolhof for the title.

    [9] Lucie Havlickova (CZE) competed in the girls’ singles final on Saturday and won. She then teamed up with her partner Sara Bejlek to defeat Celine Naef (SUI) and Nikola Bartunkova in the doubles title later that day.

  • [3] Gustavo Fernandez (ARG) and [2] Shingo Kunieda (JPN) played in the men’s wheelchair singles final. Kunieda was triumphant and secured his 35th Grand Slam title.

    After playing each other in the singles’ final, Fernandez and Kunieda partnered up to take on Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid in doubles, but lost to the top seed players.

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2022 Wimbledon: Kyrgios is nearly perfect.

  • LONDON – Nick Kyrgios played a nearly flawless second round match to upset 26th-seeded Filip Krajinovic. Kyrgios hit 50 winners and committed just 10 unforced errors in a sub-90-minute match.

    “I just wanted to remind everyone that I’m pretty good,” Kyrgios said in his post-match interview.

    Like Kyrgios, Frances TiafoeAlexander Bublik, and Steve Johnson all advanced in straight sets. The trio are one of a few players on the men’s side who have yet to drop a set in the tournament.

    Caroline Garcia’s first appearance on Centre Court at Wimbledon proved to be a success after she defeated crowd favorite Emma Raducanu in straight sets. Garcia played dominating tennis, coming to the net 19 times, winning 79% of those points.

    Former champion Angelique Kerber recorded her 120th win at a major with another straight-set victory. Kerber currently has an impressive streak of 51-straight Grand Slam appearances.

    Jessica PegulaKaja JuvanTatjana Maria, Tiafoe, and Bublik are seeking their first second-week appearance at SW19. Tim Van Rijthoven and Marie Bouzkova have already recorded their career-best at this year’s Wimbledon.

     

    Round 2 Results

    MEN

    • [23] Frances Tiafoe (USA) def. Maxilian Marterer, 6-2, 6-2, 7-6
    • Alexander Bublik (KAZ) def. Dusan Lajovic, 7-6, 6-2, 7-5
    • Nick Kyrgios (AUS) def. [26] Filip Krajinovic, 6-2, 6-3, 6-1
    • Steve Johnson (USA) def. Ryan Peniston, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
    • Tim Van Rijthoven (NED) def. [15] Reilly Opelka, 6-4, 6-7, 7-6, 7-6

     

    WOMEN

    • [8] Jessica Pegula (USA) def. Harriet Dart, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
    • [15] Angelique Kerber (GER) def. Magda Linette, 6-3, 6-3
    • [17] Elena Rybakina (KAZ) def. Bianca Andreescu, 6-4, 7-6
    • Kaja Juvan (SLO) def. Dalma Galfi, 7-5, 6-3
    • Marie Bouzkova (CZE) def. Ann Li, 6-0, 6-3
    • Caroline Garcia (FRA) def. [10] Emma Raducanu, 6-3, 6-3
    • Tatjana Maria (GER) def. [26] Sorana Cirstea, 6-3, 1-6, 7-5
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2022 Wimbledon Team Yonex

2022 Wimbledon: Team Yonex leaves with a proud sentiment

  • LONDON – “Proud,” said Elena Rybakina, when asked what her parents would think of her first Grand Slam title.

    Rybakina defeated World No. 2 Ons Jabeur in three sets to lift the Ladies’ Singles Wimbledon trophy, the 23-year-old’s third professional title.

    “Proud,” said Nick Kyrgios, when asked about his first major final appearance.

    Unseeded, Kyrgios made a surprise run to the finals, where he lost in four sets to now 21-time Grand Slam Champion Novak Djokovic. It was Kyrgios best performance in a major, and his best major run since reaching the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in 2015.

    Kyrgios was 7-2 on grass this season, his favorite surface. Despite being unseeded and ranked 40 in the world, Kyrgios was deemed “dangerous” to begin the tournament.

    Although he was coming into Wimbledon with momentum, it wasn’t going to be easy. Kyrgios narrowly escaped defeat in his first-round match against British wildcard Paul Jubb, winning 7-5 in the fifth. He needed four sets to upset [4] Stefanos Tsitsipas and then five sets again in his next match against Brandon Nakashima.

    He spent just over two hours on court between Tuesday and Sunday’s final with a straight-set victory over Cristian Garin in the quarterfinals and walkover from [2] Rafael Nadal to advance to the finals.

    Kyrgios got out to a quick start, capturing the first set in the championship match. He kept the pressure on, but Djokovic proved why he is one of the greatest of all time, staying “composed” throughout the ups and downs, winning the next three sets to take the title.

    “It’s taken me 10 years, almost 10 years in my career to finally get to the point of playing for a Grand Slam,” said Kyrgios. “I felt like I belonged.”


    TEAM YONEX CHAMPIONS

    Girls’ Singles: [1] Liv Hovde (USA) def. Luca Udvardy (HUN), 6-3, 6-4

    • Hovde is a perfect 12-0 on grass in her career, winning the Grade 1 junior event in Roehampton then winning Wimbledon a week later
    • Hovde saved a match point in the third round, thanks to a Hawk Eye challenge overrule
    • Udvardy is the first Hungarian junior to ever reach the girls’ singles final at Wimbledon

     

    Men’s Wheelchair Singles: [1] Shingo Kunieda def. Alfie Hewett, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6

    • Kunieda became the first-ever men’s wheelchair singles player to complete the Career Grand Slam
    • Kunieda currently holds all four major slams, winning the last four singles titles

     

    Men’s Wheelchair Doubles: [2] Shingo Kunieda / Gustavo Fernandez def. [1] Alfie Hewett / Gordon Reid, 6-3, 6-1

    • Kunieda / Fernandez were nearly flawless – they combined for a 82% first serve percentage and converted on 5 of 6 breakpoints; the pair had just 1 unforced error the entire match
    • It is Kunieda’s 22nd doubles title (50th overall) and Fernandez’s 3rd doubles title (5th overall)

     

    Women’s Wheelchair Singles: [1] Diede de Groot def. Yui Kamiji, 6-4, 6-2

    • De Groot won her 15th women’s wheelchair singles Grand Slam, her 8th in a row
    • De Groot has not lost since January 2021, 55-straight wins
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Elena Rybakina

2022 Wimbledon: Elena Rybakina is Champion

LONDON – “I just know that I have this gift,” said Elena Rybakina during her two-week stay at this year’s Wimbledon.

She shared her gift with the world on Saturday afternoon – a powerful, relentless game, blistering groundstrokes, swift movement – especially for a 6-footer, untouchable serves, and a sense of calmness on the biggest stage.

The 23-year-old was playing in just her second Wimbledon. Her first time on Centre Court was two days prior for her semifinal victory over former champion Simona Halep. Now, she’s 2-for-2 on the historic court, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

The Wimbledon ladies’ final would be the first time in the Open Era that both finalists were making their major final debut. Rybakina was up against World No. 2 Ons Jabeur, who was looking to become the first African player to win a Grand Slam.

Nerves were in play during the opening set for Rybakina. For the first time all tournament, Rybakina failed to serve an ace in a set and racked up 17 unforced errors, 11 more than Jabeur and one more than she had in her entire semifinal match.

Rybakina saw her first breakpoint after a forehand winner in the first game of the second set and capitalized on the opportunity. In the fourth game, Rybakina fended off three breakpoints with two winners and an unforced error from Jabeur to go up 3-1.

That game proved to be one of the most pivotal in the match. Rybakina was finding her rhythm, cut down on her unforced errors, and found the corners. She would win five of the next six games to take a 2-0 lead in the deciding set.

The third set was a lot like the second. Rybakina was 2-for-3 again on breakpoints on Jabeur’s serve to give her a three-game cushion at 5-2 to serve out the match.

At 40-30 in the 26th game, Jabeur’s backhand sailed wide and Rybakina – staying true to her calmness on the court – silently sighed and casually walked to the net after her 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory.

Elena Rybakina, your 2022 Wimbledon Ladies’ Singles Champion.

 

Fast Facts

 

  • Elena led the tournament in aces with 53, averaging 7.5 per match. She also won 74% of her first serve points.
  • Elena’s head-to-head with Jabeur is now even, 2-2
  • Elena’s powerful game helped her hit 59 more winners than her opponents over the course of the tournament
  • Rybakina defeated two of the five former Grand Slam champions in the draw (Andreescu, Halep)

 

 

Elena’s Road to the Finals

 

  • Rd. of 128 def. CoCo Vandeweghe, 7-6, 7-5
  • Rd of 64 def. Bianca Andreescu, 6-4, 7-5
  • Rd. of 32 def. Qinwen Zheng, 6-4, 7-5
  • Rd. of 16 def. Petra Martic, 7-5, 6-3
  • Quarterfinals def. Ajla Tomljanovic, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
  • Semifinals def. [16] Simona Halep, 6-3, 6-3
  • Finals def. [3] Ons Jabeur, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2

 

 

Elena’s Gear

 

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Infinity Power Cushion

Feel the power: Introducing the new INFINITY POWER CUSHION

TOKYO, Japan – Connect your feet to elite performance footwear with the newly innovated POWER CUSHION INFINITY. This newly designed model manages to pack multiple intricate technologies into a sleek design guaranteed to turn heads. The new POWER CUSHION INFINITY will see a worldwide release at the end of May 2022.

The dual dial BOA® Fit System is built with dual straps purposefully designed to cradle your feet with optimal support. The implementation of two straps optimizes all Yonex technologies within for a superior experience. Connect your feet to higher performance through millimeter adjustments that create a precise fit both on the forefoot and on the ankle.

Hosting the BOA® Fit System is an inner bootie construct with an overwrap built of the new Durable Skin Light, a thin yet sturdy thermo-compressed film. With the introduction of upgraded material, the pattern of the wrap is expanded, tucking the foot in for a more comfortable yet secure experience from the inner arch to the top of the foot. Find racquet-grade repulsion but for your footwork with the 3D POWER GRAPHITE SHEET. Our proprietary graphite sheet is built to flex and generate power with each step, while providing stability from unwanted twist.

Absorb impact and convert energy to the next step with POWER CUSHION+. This technology in the heel plays a key role in converting each step into energy for the next move. Compared to standard EVA materials, the POWER CUSHION+ takes the impact of a step and absorbs 28% more shock while kicking back 62% more repulsion for the next step. This protects your body from strong impacts while propelling you forward for longer.

INNOVATION

BOA® Fit System
The dual dial BOA® Fit System is built with dual straps, purposefully designed to cradle your feet with optimal support. Connect your feet to higher performance through millimeter adjustments and precise fit both on the forefoot and on the ankle. 

Durable Skin Light
Durable Skin Light is a flexible yet strong film that is thermo-compressed. It is applied onto the wrap to provide an improved, secure fit with soft comfort. 

3D POWER GRAPHITE SHEET
Yonex’s proprietary graphite sheet is built to flex and generate power with each step, while providing stability from unwanted twist.

POWER CUSHION+
The impact in every step is energy you can use for your next move. By improving shock absorption, the POWER CUSHION+ technology transforms impact into energy. A 28%* increase in shock absorption and a 62%** increase in repulsion when compared to the standard EVA materials.

*Measured by the Japan Vehicle Inspection Association
**According to research by the Boken Quality Evaluation Institute, JIS Law is applied