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Jabeur Beats Sabalenka To Reach Final

todayJuly 14, 2023 21

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Ons Jabeur produced a superb comeback to beat Aryna Sabalenka and set up a Wimbledon women’s singles final against unseeded Czech Marketa Vondrousova.

Jabeur’s hopes were slipping away at a set asemisnd 4-2 behind but she rode a wave of momentum and raucous support to win 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-3 and reach a second successive final at the Championships.

It means there will be a new Wimbledon and Grand Slam champion on Saturday.

Vondrousova ended Ukrainian Elina Svitolina’s run by winning 6-3 6-3.

She is the first unseeded player to reach the Wimbledon women’s singles final in the Open era.

Tunisia’s Jabeur, the sixth seed, was beaten in last year’s final by Elena Rybakina and was wildly supported by the Centre Court crowd throughout one of the best matches of the tournament so far.

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“Thank you to the crowd that kept me in the match,” Jabeur said in her on-court interview.

“Thank you very much for believing in me.

“I’m working a lot with my mental coach about this. I might be writing a book about it!”

The women’s singles final is at 14:00 BST on Saturday.

The charismatic Jabeur, bidding to become the first African and Arab woman to be a Slam singles champion, gained a large following at SW19 on her run to last year’s final.

That support was much needed as she fought back from the brink against the world number two.

 

 

Written by: Debby Eselebor

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