July 13, (THEWILL) – Tunisian tennis player, Ons Jabeur, demonstrated her finesse on the court as she outmanoeuvred Aryna Sabalenka to advance to her second Wimbledon final.
Although Jabeur lost the first set, her delicate strokeplay and strategic shot placements gradually subdued Sabalenka’s relentless power. Jabeur, the sixth seed, will now face unseeded Czech player Marketa Vondrousova in the final, who earlier dashed the hopes of Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, as THEWILL reported. Jabeur’s mental resilience and remarkable performance at this year’s tournament have positioned her as a strong contender to become the first African woman and the first Arab to secure a major title.
The clash between Jabeur and Sabalenka was tightly contested from the outset, with both players squandering break points in the opening set. Jabeur briefly took the lead with a stunning forehand, but Sabalenka responded strongly, clinching the set with a series of points. In the second set, Sabalenka secured an early break, putting Jabeur under pressure. However, Jabeur swiftly reversed the momentum, capitalising on Sabalenka’s errors to level the match.
The third set witnessed a display of power from both players, but it was Jabeur who proved more consistent, ultimately breaking Sabalenka and earning herself a spot in the final. Although Jabeur faced some resistance, her persistence paid off, securing a well-deserved victory. Her journey to the final has been marked by her triumph over top-ranked opponents, highlighting her exceptional skills. Her victory over Sabalenka, who had a formidable Grand Slam record, including a recent Australian Open win, further solidifies Jabeur’s position as a formidable force in the sport.
With her sights set on claiming her first major title, Jabeur’s remarkable run at Wimbledon echoes the likes of Serena Williams, who achieved a similar feat in 2012 by defeating three top-10 opponents. Jabeur’s display of mental fortitude and technical prowess sets the stage for a thrilling final against Vondrousova on Saturday.