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JABEUR AND VONDROUSOVA THROUGH TO WIMBLEDON FINAL



Ons Jabeur and Marketa Vondrousova will meet in this year’s Ladies Singles Final after both prevailing in their respective semi-finals.


In a stunning turnaround, Jabeur was able to mount a strong comeback against Aryna Sabalenka midway through the second set after being down a break.


Having also lost the first set in a tie break, things were looking bleak, and hope was slipping away for the 28-year-old with untimely errors costing her valuable points.


However, persistence paid dividends after she broke back with the Tunisian spurred on by

the crowd.


“For me it was just one serve, one game. I just wanted to try to break her. It was very difficult for me to return her serve,” she said.


“I was fighting every point. We just wait for a little bit of chance sometime to get the game, and that's what happened.”


Jabeur was unstoppable during the third set and rose to the challenge as she repelled the attack of Sabalenka to take the set and the match 6(5)-7, 6-4, 6-3.


For Jabeur, she now enters her second consecutive final at the Championships as she bids to become the first ever African and Arab woman to win a major grand slam title.


“For me there is one goal: I'm going for it. I will prepare one hundred percent. Hopefully I can make history not just for Tunisia, but for Africa,” she said.


“They always tell me, win, or lose, we love you. That's great words to hear. I always try to remember that.”


Meanwhile the unseeded Marketa Vondrousova put on a blistering display in her semi-final win against Elina Svitolina 6-3, 6-3.


Svitolina who was visibly upset and emotional during her post match press conference having had an amazing Wimbledon run after knocking out Iga Swiatek in the quarter finals.


Vondrousova is no stranger to finals at grand slam events having been a finalist at Roland Garros in 2019, losing to Australia’s own Ash Barty.


This, however, is her finest result at SW19 after also defeating Jessica Pegula in the quarter finals and the overarching feeling of satisfaction was on display after her semi-final victory.


“Yeah, I'm just very happy that I stayed focused, and I stayed in my head. I'm happy with the way I finished it,” she said.


For Vondrousova, injury has also caused disruption to her career recently with terrible wrist injuries that forced two separate surgeries.


“I mean, after everything I've been through, two surgeries, it's not always easy to come back,” she said.


“I just feel like I'm just grateful to be on a court again, to play without pain. I'm just really grateful for it.”


The build up to the finals weekend continues with the Gentleman’s semi finals to begin on Friday which will see defending champion Novak Djokovic play the young Italian Jannik Sinner while Daniil Medvedev will play top seed, Carlos Alcaraz.

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