Tennis | Wimbledon 2023 | Jabeur’s Wimbledon dream continues against Sabalenka

By Tony Fairbairn At Wimbledon

  • Aryna Sabalenka [2] v Ons Jabeur [6]
  • Elina Svitolina [WC] v Marketa Vondrousova
LONDON, ENGLAND – Ons Jabeur’s Wimbledon dream will continue when she faces Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka in the semi-finals of Wimbledon.

 

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Aryna Sabalenka [2] v Ons Jabeur [6] | H2H: Sabalenka leads 3-1

Aryna Sabalenka has been one of the most consistent players on the tour this season and has proved that at Wimbledon as she moves into a second Wimbledon semi-final after victory over Madison Keys. Now Sabalenka is two wins away from not only a second Grand Slam title of the season but claiming the world number one spot. Next for Sabalenka is Ons Jabeur who is on a mission to achieve her dream of winning the Wimbledon title and continued that dream by gaining revenge on defending champion Elena Rybakina.

 

H2H & Match Fundamentals

Aryna Sabalenka [2] v Ons Jabeur [6] H2H: Sabalenka leads 3-1
Wimbledon 2023 London, England
Grass (O) Prize Money: £600,000
Second on Centre Court (15:00 BST) BBC Sport

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Sabalenka has been untouchable this season and once again proved that in her three set win over Keys to reach the last four at Wimbledon. Now the world number two looks to win her second Grand Slam of the season and become the new world number one by winning the next two matches.

Next for Sabalenka is last year’s finalist Jabeur who earned revenge on defending champion Rybakina by producing a stunning third set. The Tunisian will look to achieve her Wimbledon dream as she aims to hit top form at the right time and win her first Grand Slam title.

After the match Sabalenka admitted it feels amazing to be back in the semi-finals and spoke about how motivated she is to not only win Wimbledon but become world number one.

“To be honest, I want both,” Sabalenka said when asked what’s more important winning Wimbledon or becoming world number one.

“But I’m trying to focus on myself because I know if I’ll start thinking about all this stuff, I’m going to lose my focus on court, my game. So I’m trying to focus on myself right now and make sure that every time I’m on the court I bring my best tennis.

“Then later on we’ll see if I’m ready to become world No. 1 or if I’m ready to play another final. Yeah, it feels amazing. I’m super happy to be back in the semifinals. Really looking forward for my semifinals match.”

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As for Jabeur, the sixth seed said her win against Rybakina was a crazy match and said that she’s more confident in her shots in comparison to last year.

“Yeah, feels great. Crazy match. Difficult match. But I’m glad that I got the win this time,” Jabeur said in her press conference.

“I think there is few aspects. A lot of experience, dealing with different situations in matches, learning how to handle it. That helped me a lot with the game today. I think I’m hitting better. I’m more confident in my shots.

“Serve-wise I think it’s getting better. And definitely needs to get better, especially playing players like her or Aryna. You always need to be, like, serving great. But most of all I think I was hitting, like, fast. If you want to hit hard, I’m ready to hit hard, too.”

Sabalenka will look to continue to dictate play on serve and will aim to accelerate the forehand to take away Jabeur’s counter-attacking options. Meanwhile Jabeur will look to use the slice and variety from the baseline to force errors from Sabalenka’s game and outsmart the second seed.

This is a match between two confident players who have two different and efficient ways of playing grass court tennis with Sabalenka looking to dictate the result of the match on her own terms. In the end Jabeur’s intuition and variety should prove too skillful for Sabalenka as she aims to reach her second consecutive Wimbledon final.

Prediction: Jabeur in three sets.

 

 

Elina Svitolina [WC] v Marketa Vondrousova | H2H: Svitolina leads 3-2

Elina Svitolina is into her second Wimbledon semi-final after knocking out world number one Iga Swiatek in an impressive three set victory. The Ukrainian has had to overcome so many personal obstacles but has made a successful return since being a mother with a clearer focus as she edges towards her Grand Slam dream. Aiming to stop Svitolina in her tracks is Marketa Vondrousova who has overcome injuries and inconsistent form as she now looks to reach her second Grand Slam final.

 

H2H & Match Fundamentals

Elina Svitolina [WC] v Marketa Vondrousova H2H: Svitolina leads 3-2
Wimbledon 2023 London, England
Grass (O) Prize Money: £600,000
First on Centre Court (13:30 BST) BBC Sport

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It’s been an incredible comeback from Svitolina as she has made a successful comeback to the tour since becoming a mother as she now finds herself in a second Wimbledon semi-final. Svitolina has beaten four Grand Slam champions on her way to the last four and will fancy her chances of reaching a first Grand Slam final.

Standing in Svitolina’s way is Vondrousova who came back from 4-1 down in the deciding set to take out Jessica Pegula and reach her first Wimbledon semi-final. The Czech Republican’s mix of aggression and variety has seen her eliminate four seeds throughout the tournament as she now has a second Grand Slam final in her sights.

Speaking after her quarter-final win Svitolina admitted it means the world to her to be in the semi-finals but is taking it one match at a time.

“You crazy,” Svitolina addressed a journalist who asked if she can win Wimbledon.

“Well, I don’t think so much about it, well, until you told me this. I take one match at a time. I know that there is few matches left to get that trophy. But, yeah, I don’t want to think so much about this because you need to break down everything to small pieces. I want tomorrow to practice, to work on few tactical things for my upcoming match, then play that match.

“These kind of things, I think they distract so much the mindset. Yeah, it means the world to me. As I said, I didn’t really expect that I’ll be in semifinal. Just try to take one match at a time.

“I want to continue going this way. Have in front of me a big challenge. But I’m really, really proud the way that I’ve been playing against tough opponents, Grand Slam champions, the players who knows how to win, how to play pressure moments. Really happy with my performance and with the way that I’ve been handling the situation so far.”

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As for Vondrousova she revealed how special it is to be in the final and explained how much Wimbledon means to her.

“Yeah, it’s amazing feeling,” Vondrousova said in her press conference

“I was down one point in the third set. So, yeah, I mean, my thoughts weren’t so good. Yeah, I mean, I’m just very happy. I was fighting through the whole match.

“Yeah, I mean, these two weeks are incredible. I just came here and I just said to myself, Just stay open-minded, just try to play your game and everything. Now this is happening, so it’s a crazy thing. Also today was a crazy match. I’m just a bit in shock.

“Yeah, I mean, everybody knows Wimbledon. I think it’s a different tournament. I feel like people in tennis, they know Grand Slams, but people outside tennis, they know Wimbledon. It’s the biggest tournament. It’s the biggest center court and everything. It’s so famous. everything. It’s all in. I never thought I could play so good here because I didn’t do well on grass before.

“For me, it’s just amazing feeling. I don’t know, I’m trying so hard in every match. Every match is incredibly difficult here. Yeah, we’ll see what’s going to happen next.”

Svitolina will look to open up the spaces in the court with the forehand before being aggressive with the backhand as she looks to continue to play aggressive tennis. Meanwhile Vondrousova will look to continue to frustrate her opponents with her variety, spin and pace as she looks to be unpredictable with her shot selection from the baseline.

This could be one of the matches of the tournament as both players are confident in their tactics and playing some aggressive tennis. In the end Vondrousova’s craft and experience may see her into a first Wimbledon final although it’s set to be a nervy afternoon for both players.

Prediction: Vondrousova in three sets.

 

 

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