August 12, 2022

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The 2022 Wimbledon women’s final takes place with Ons Jabeur taking on Elena Rybakina for the Venus Rosewater Dish on Saturday.

This will be Wimbledon’s first women’s championship match with two first Grand Slam finalists since 2013, when Marion Bartoli beat Sabine Lisicki in straight sets.

Jabeur, despite being the No. 3 seed entering the tournament, had to prove a lot to reach the final. She was unable to compete at the Australian Open due to a back injury and lost her first round match to unseeded Magda Linette at the French Open.

Rybakina also didn’t do much better in the first two Grand Slams of the season. The Kazakh star lost to Zhang Shuai in the first round in Melbourne. She advanced further at Roland Garros, before falling to Madison Keys in the third round.

Women’s singles semi-final results

No. 3 Ons Jabeur defeated. Tajana Maria 6-2, 3-6, 6-1

#17 Elena Rybakina defeats. No. 16 Simona Halep 6-3, 6-3

to sum up

Things couldn’t have started better for Jabeur in her win over Tatjana Maria. The 27-year-old dropped out of the opener in the first set but quickly turned things around for a 6-2 win in 38 minutes.

Maria, who was the only unseeded player remaining in the women’s singles draw, was able to fight back as she has throughout the tournament. The 34-year-old won the second set 6-3 thanks to her success on the first serve (12 out of 15) and success at the net, earning 14 points there.

It was the fourth match of the tournament where Maria managed to force a deciding third set by winning the second. She beat Astra Sharma, Jelena Ostapenko and Jule Niemeier in previous rounds by going the distance.

Things didn’t work out for Maria this time around. Jabeur needed just 27 minutes to complete a 6-1 third-set victory to claim the match and secure a place in the Wimbledon final. She broke Maria’s serve twice, had 10 winning points and took advantage of Maria’s eight unforced errors.

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The victory was also a historic moment for Jabeur, born in Tunisia:

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With this win, she becomes…

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๐ŸŽพ The first woman representing an African nation to reach a major Open-era final< br>
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Despite Thursday’s loss, Maria has been one of Wimbledon’s biggest stories this year. The mother-of-two entered the tournament No. 103 in the WTA rankings and had never made it past the third round of a Grand Slam before in his career.

Halep was another heartwarming story from the courts of SW19. She was making her first appearance for the All England Club since beating Serena Williams in the 2019 final.

It initially looked like Halep was going to maintain her positive momentum. She took a 3-1 lead in the first set before things quickly fell apart.

Rybakina won the next five matches to take the first set. Halep’s troubles continued to hamper her at the start of the second set, double faulting on the last point of her first service game to give Rybakina the break.

Halep was often her worst enemy in the game. She did not have a single ace and committed nine double faults.

Rybakina deserves a lot of credit for creating her own successes in the win. The 23-year-old had five aces and 22 winners. She took the win with a fantastic backhand winner on a return shot to break Halep’s serve.

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Rybakina roars on the biggest stage

The 23-year-old beats Simona Halep 6-3, 6-3 to reach her first Grand Slam final#Wimbledon | #CentreCourt100 pic.twitter.com/u0jfhZlDEA

This sets up the fourth head-to-head encounter between Jabeur and Rybakina. Rybakina won the first match at the Wuhan Open in September 2019. Jabeur won the next two matches, both in 2021.

The ladies’ final will be played on center court on Saturday at 9 a.m. ET.