A year ago, Jabir lost the final in London to Jelena Rybakina of Kazakhstan in three sets. Because of the defeat, Sabalenka not only missed entering the final, but also jumped to the first place in the world ranking. In the event of a win over Jaber, Belarusian Iga Swiatek from Poland was set to finish at the top of the standings.
In a fierce duel, both players first played sovereign service games. The logical outcome was a tiebreaker, which Sabalenka won. Then the Belarusian was already ahead at a break in the second set before Jabir won four matches in a row and thus the set as well. In the third round, the Tunisian then made the decisive break to lead 4:2, after 2:19 hours she converted her fifth match point.
“I’ve learned to turn negative emotions into positive ones,” said Jabeur, who was always very excitable on the field. “I’m proud to have turned the game around and to be more in the championship.”
Vondrousova also remained at the tournament, advancing to her second Grand Slam final. But at the 2019 French Open, she had to concede defeat to Australian Ashleigh Barty, who has since retired. “I can’t believe it. I’m so happy I made it to the final. Elena is a fighter and a great person. It was a tough match. I’m very happy,” said the 24-year-old Czech, who showed a solid performance and converted her first match point after 74 minutes. Just.
A forehand gave Vondrousova the break in the first set to lead 3-2, and although she gave up serve in the next game with some unforced errors including a double fault, she came back in front in the next game. Since then, the cheerfully playing Czech national team has dominated at will and already looked like a certain winner with a score of 4: 0 in the second round.
Then Vondrousova seemed to get nervous. Switolina came back to 3:4 and it looked like he could turn the game around. But the Czech once again restrained herself and made the surprise final entry perfect. For Soytulina, who has become a crowd favorite at Wimbledon, that impressive victory has come to an end. The Ukrainian had previously thrown four former Grand Slam winners out of the tournament.
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