Tunisian Ons Jabeur and Kazakh Elena Rybakina dream of winning a major first title at Wimbledon, the temple of tennis.
For a historical first
Until then, neither player had made it to the quarterfinals of Grand Slams Rybakina, 23, had won them last year at Roland Garros. Jabeur, 27, became the first player in the Arab world to advance to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open 2020. After winning just one match in her first three appearances, the Tunisian has shown that she has the green foot. A quarter-finalist last season, a winner on the pitch in Berlin and unbeaten in eleven games on that surface this year, has made Wimbledon his “.main goal“of the season. The bet is about to succeed. More surprising to find Rybakina in front of her. The first Kazakh to play a Grand Slam final, back from injury, had only won one match on grass before Wimbledon But the stars lined up and Coco Vandeweghe, Bianca Andreescu (winner of the 2019 US Open), Qinwen Zheng, Petra Martic, Ajla Tomljanovic and finally Simona Halep, winner of 2019, suffered their law.
By the particular political context
Elena Rybakina, who was born in Moscow, grew up and lives there, has been playing under the Kazakhstan flag since 2018. Her case is talked about because of her origins due to the special nature of this 135e edition. Players in this country, as well as Belarusians, are banned due to the invasion of Ukraine. However, Elena Rybakina trained at the Spartak club in Moscow and grew up alongside former glory Andrey Chesnokov in the Russian capital. He had the merit of not losing his smile at a press conference despite the insistent reminders of journalists about his Russian origins and ties.
See Jabeur changing size
“I have often imagined giving a speech while holding the trophy … often emphasizes Jabeur. So now I really want to take it into my own hands. And I know I can do it. I hate to be disappointed, so I hope I don’t (Saturday). There is only one match left“At 27, what his compatriots call.”the Minister of Happiness“He has the opportunity to make his country dream but also a whole continent, rarely at the head of the tennis poster. Thus she could become the first player on the African continent to win a Major. World number two, winner of her first WTA 1000 in Madrid in May, Jabeur is not a step away from her dream. But Rybakina could thwart his plans …
To Rybakina’s surprise
The youngest Major finalist on grass since Garbine Muguruza in 2015, the Kazakh is one of the biggest revelations of this 2022 edition.I didn’t expect to get to the second week, so to the final“, Underlines on the other hand the 23e world, who at the age of 23 participates in his second Wimbledon (elimination in the round of 16 last year). “I think I have a match to get far in the Grand Slam tournaments. And I think one day I will win one“. From Saturday?
For the opposition of styles
The Tunisian with multiple variations has to challenge the slugger Rybakina. From the top of her 1.84 meters, the Kazakh ranks the winning services. It also dominates the ranking of the women’s circuit in number of aces this year (217). On Church Road, she has already achieved 44. Dominated by the Kazakh, Simona Halep believes that the game of Jabeur “in rhythm changes, with slices to break the rhythmcould alter the Rybakina ace machine. “It serves very well, so I will have to start giving as many of your services as possible to make it work hard at every point, says Jabeur. I know she can hit hard and get a lot of winners, but I also know my game can upset her.The Tunisian has won two of his three previous matches. Rybakina keeps a low profile:She is a great player, very difficult to play and it will not be easy to counteract her drops and volleys.With these two players of different profiles, Wimbledon could be the scene of a very good final on Saturday.