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Wimbledon Women’s Final – Jabeur vs Rybakina, July 9

History on the Line in Saturday's Championship Match

Ons Jabeur carries the weight of expectation of the Arab world and the African continent into Saturday’s Wimbledon ladies’ final, as she champions women’s tennis – and sport, for that matter – for young girls and budding athletes in those regions and beyond.

She’s one win away from realizing her dream of winning the Wimbledon title on Saturday, a dream that was born last year when she reached the quarterfinals for the first time at the All England Club.

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Standing in Jabeur’s way of destiny is Elena Rybakina, a Russian-born tennis player who switched international allegiances four years ago and is now representing Kazakhstan.

Rybakina, who lives in Moscow, is also bidding to make history by becoming Kazakhstan’s first-ever Grand Slam champion. However, that fact is being overshadowed by her Russian roots. Talk about irony. The very thing Wimbledon organizers hoped to avoid with the controversial ban on Russian and Belarusian players may yet happen, albeit in an indirect sort of way.

So, with so much at stake, who will triumph on the hallowed grounds of Wimbledon’s Centre Court? Will Jabeur come through as the oddsmakers’ favorite? Or will Rybakina defy the odds and deliver the upset to win?

Read on as we preview the matchup between Jabeur and Rybakina, set to get underway on Saturday morning. We’ll bring you the latest tennis news, stats, injury reports and tennis odds for this fascinating Wimbledon ladies’ final showdown and offer tennis picks and predictions for you to consider.

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  • Jabeur Road to Title Match

Ons Jabeur didn’t always dare to dream of winning the Wimbledon title. But after the pioneering Tunisian’s milestone at last year’s Wimbledon, reaching the quarterfinals, she dared to dream.

Fast-forward to this year and she’s on the cusp of making her dream a reality. Jabeur beat good friend Tatjana Maria in three sets, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1, to rubber-stamp her ticket to the final at the All England Club.

It wasn’t a flawless performance. Nerves seemed to be a factor in the lopsided match for both players. Maria, a 34-year-old mum of two, was also in unchartered territory, facing the prospect of making her first Grand Slam final.

Jabeur got off to a solid start but lost her way in the second set. To be fair, Maria deserves credit for taking it to her 27-year-old counterpart and forcing the decider. Nevertheless, Jabeur regrouped and put together a solid and commanding third set to take the win.

  • Rybakina Road to Title Match

Elena Rybakina had the tougher matchup in the semifinals, taking on 2019 Wimbledon champion Simona Halep. Indeed, books were extremely bullish on Halep, fully expecting the former champion to come through as the favorite.

Rybakina’s campaign was impressive as she reached the final four, dropping just one set on the way. However, the fact that she didn’t face a seeded player until the semifinal against Halep was significant. Having avoided top-quality opponents, bookies rightly questioned her chances of beating a proven champion such as Halep.

But Rybakina put paid on those notions. The 23-year-old Moscovite came out firing at all cylinders. She outserved, outshot and outhit the 30-year-old Romanian from the baseline in the 6-3, 6-3 straight-set win.

Jabeur vs Rybakina Head-to-Head

Jabeur has the 2-1 head-to-head edge over Rybakina. All three contests came on a hard court and two were three-set marathons.

Jabeur received the W in their recent meeting after Rybakina was forced to retire, throwing in the towel down 4-6, 2-2.

Jabeur vs Rybakina Prediction

Jabeur and Rybakina bring contrasting styles into the Wimbledon final. Jabeur is about fitness, style and creativity. Rybakina is all about power, big serves and deep groundstrokes.

On balance, power trumps finesse. However, in this case, it’s not quite so straightforward or simple. Jabeur is up to world No. 2 in the rankings. That doesn’t happen by accident.

Her brand of tennis can beat anyone on a good day. If Jabeur plays up to her potential, she is a good bet to come through as the -150 favorite at BetUS.

On the flip side, Rybakina is a dangerous floater. The sort of power player that can beat anyone on a good day. A case in point is her win over Halep. As such, bookmakers installed Rybakina as the notional +130 underdog.

Given everything that is at stake for these ladies personally, as well as the historical angle, this is a right toss-up.

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