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Ons Jabeur and Elena Rybakina, two historic winners in the Wimbledon semifinals, will face each other in the championship match. After defeating Tatjana Maria 6-2 3-6 6-1, Tunisian third seed Jabeur became the first Arab to advance to a Grand Slam singles final.
Rybakina then defeated former champion Simona Halep 6-3, 6-3 to become the first singles player from Kazakhstan to go to a major final. They will cross paths on Saturday.
Ons Jabeur has established herself as a fan favorite at Wimbledon. She and her dear friend Maria delighted the fans before giving a passionate embrace at the net as Jabeur won. Cecilia, Maria’s second child, was just born last year, and she has defied the odds to go to the Wimbledon semifinals.
Jabeur, who is ranked second in the world, is the first African woman to make it to a major final since Sandra Reynolds of South Africa at Wimbledon in 1960.
After years and years of labor and sacrifice, a dream has finally come true, according to Jabeur. She will face world number 23 Rybakina on Centre Court in a matchup of two first-time Grand Slam finalists. Rybakina is the fourth-lowest rated woman to reach the Wimbledon final since 1984.
Rybakina beat former world number one Halep with remarkable ease, but her development has gone unnoticed.
She was born in Moscow, has played for Kazakhstan since 2018, and will now strive to become the first representative of Kazakhstan to take home a major singles championship.
Jabeur’s story is an amazing example of a late bloomer who struggled with patience in her early years before developing the correct mindset to go along with her aptitude. She has been able to do this by breaking down barriers frequently, winning WTA tournaments, and moving up the rankings.
Ons Jabeur, who is known as the “Minister of Happiness” in her nation, continues to pave the way and is a well-liked figure in Tunisia, the Arab world, and Africa.
Jabeur was by far the favorite versus Maria based on their rankings, and it eventually came true in a thrilling match. It was a fun match because both players had similar playing styles and were eager to use their slices and play in different ways.
After a tense beginning from both players, Jabeur’s superior quality emerged in the opening set. Maria’s serve was challenged right away in the opening game’s eight minutes. However, the German eventually held off after surviving two break points.
She was unable to endure additional pressure in her subsequent service game, and Jabeur took the lead in the first set that she would not give up. When she secured two more break points in the second game of the second set, the third seed appeared to be cruising to a straightforward victory. But Maria stopped those, which caused the tide to turn.
Given that Maria had rallied from a set down in three of her previous five matches, including her victory over fellow German Jule Niemeier in the quarterfinal, perhaps it shouldn’t have come as a surprise.
To the pleasure of the 15,000 spectators who were eager for the action to go on longer, Maria emphatically broke in the fourth game and served it out after failing to break again for the set in the eighth.
At the start of the decider, Jabeur’s level returned, which was concerning for Maria.
Jabeur broke for a 2-0 lead with a forehand passing winner and then coasted to a victory that she claimed would have her fellow Tunisians “celebrating like crazy” at home.
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