Wimbledon 2022 women’s singles final: Ons Jabeur v Elena Rybakina – live! | Wimbledon 2022


Key events:

In the day’s first final on No 3 Court Diede de Groot has won the women’s wheelchair singles for the fourth time, beating Yui Kamiji in straight sets.

Some pre-match reading

Here’s Tumaini Carayol’s assessment of what we can expect tactically this afternoon:

Here’s Simon Speakman Cordall and Aina J Khan on how Jabeur’s success has gone down in Tunisia:

And if pictures rather than words are your thing, here’s Tom Jenkins’s photo essay of the tournament:

Road to the final

Jabeur did not drop a set until the quarter-finals but needed three sets to beat Marie Bouzkova there and three more to oust Tatjana Maria in the semi-finals. Unusually she’s faced only one seed en route to the final – Elise Mertens, the No 24 seed, in the fourth round.

Rybakina’s route has been rather similar – no sets dropped until the quarters (where Ajla Tomljanovic forced her to go the distance) and only one seed faced: No 16 seed Simon Halep in the semi-finals. A 122mph serve in her fourth-round win over Petra Martic tells you where her strength lies.

Preamble

Hello all. Well this should be good. A women’s singles draw that at times – through absences and early exits – threatened to throw up a final that lacked star power has instead produced an intriguing showpiece that has already made history.

Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur is the first woman of north African or Arab descent to reach a grand slam final and her chance to lift the Venus Rosewater Dish coincides with the celebration of Eid al-Adha.

Her opponent Elena Rybakina, meanwhile, is also in her first slam final. She opted to represent Kazakhstan four years ago but was born in Russia and still lives in Moscow. So, well, there’s that.

So whoever wins the impact is likely to echo well beyond SW19, for good or ill. As for the tennis itself, we’re likely to see a fascinating clash of styles, Jabeur’s subtle and varied game coming up against the 6ft Rybakina’s powerful serve. The bookies have Jabeur as the odds-on favourite but I have a feeling it might be very close indeed.

Play starts at 2pm BST



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