Jabeur and Rybakina set to clash for ultimate grassy glory

OVERNIGHT at Wimbledon saw the Semi Finals of the Ladies’ Singles, and we have our two finalists for the 2022 tournament.

No matter what happens in the final, we will have a first time Grand Slam champion, as it was Ons Jabeur and Elena Rybakina who won through to the decider.

Jabeur did not have things all her own way though, pushed to three sets by Tatjana Maria.

Jabeur won the first set 6-2, before Maria set won the second fairly comfortably 6-3. The Tunisian then proved to be far too strong in the final set, only dropping one game for the set.

Jabeur served more aces and less double faults then Maria did, but the German had a higher percentage of first serves in.

However, the Tunisian had more wins on her first and second serve.

Jabeur hit more winners, but also hit more unforced errors then Maria did.

Speaking post game, the third seed had nothing but praise for her opponent, who is a good friend of hers.

“She deserves a lot of respect, Tatjana,” she said, “her making the first time semi-final, the way she plays, the way she fights. If I didn’t see her two kids, I would say she never had the kids.

“It’s amazing how she moves on the court. It’s really inspiring for a lot of women. When you’re focused, when you play tennis, I’m focused on myself, to be honest with you. For me, after all, it’s just a tennis match. We didn’t go to war or anything.

“It was amazing, great. I have a lot of respect for her. If she won today, she would have deserved it 100 per cent.

“That’s what I love about tennis: it’s just a tennis match, then you move on and get to the next one.”

Rybakina creates history for herself and her country

The other semi saw Rybakina not only her first Grand Slam final, but become the first Kazakh player to do so in the process.

She had a much easier time doing so then Jabeur did, defeating Simona Halep in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.

It was a stellar performance from Rybakina, but Halep did herself no favours.

Rybakina served five aces to Halep’s zero, and the Kazakh also did not serve a single double fault while the Romanian served a whopping nine of them.

Rybakina also had a higher percentage of her first serves go in, and percentage of wins on her both her first and second serves.

The Kazakh was happy with what she put out on court.

“I’m really happy with my performance as I played a solid match,” Rybakina said. “Usually I have mental ups and downs but today I was mentally prepared, and it was a great match.”

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