Many Russians have followed in Elena Rybakina’s footsteps.

Elena Rybakina defeated Ons Jabeur in the Wimbledon final by a score of 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, defying all odds and winning her first Grand Slam. The decision made four years ago to leave Russia and obtain a Kazakhstani passport allowed the 23-year-old, who was born in Moscow, to evade the embargo set by the Championships’ organizers.

Despite the claims Rybakina made during the most recent press conferences conducted in London, her achievement on the All England Club lawns has drawn considerable attention and led to a genuine dispute between Russia and Kazakhstan.

Putting aside the political elements of the narrative, Rybakina’s accomplishment appears to have altered people’s perspectives.