Wimbledon 2023: Jabeur returns to the Final and avoids Sabalenka's number one

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the tunisian Ons Jabeur defeated Aryna Sabalenka 6-7 (5), 6-4 and 6-3, returns to the Wimbledon final a year later and prevents the Belarusian from becoming the new number one in the world over the Polish Iga Swiatek.

Jabeur, who came within two games of defeat in the second set, came back from Sabalenka in a match very similar to the one the Belarusian suffered in the Roland Garros Semifinals. In Paris, Sabalenka was a few points away from victory against Karolina Muchova, but she fell apart and allowed herself to be recovered, a situation similar to that experienced on Thursday.

Sabalenka, after taking a dramatic first set in the 'tie break', went 4-2 in the second and, at 4-3, had two balls for 5-3. He did not take advantage of any, Jabeur broke his service and did not take advantage of the break ball in the following game. On the Belarusian serve, Jabeur took the first set ball she had and equalized the match.

With the public in favor and with the feeling that she has a score to settle with this tournament, after losing last year's Final against Elena Rybakina, Jabeur floated on the court and was much better than Sabalenka, making fourteen errors in the third set alone. (45 in total).

Even so, it was not easy for the African, who needed five match points to seal the victory and return to the Final a year later.

This defeat also prevents Sabalenka from becoming number one and Swiatek, who lost in the quarterfinals against Elina Svitolina, will maintain that honor for several more weeks.

In the final, Jabeur will face off against Marketa Vondrousoawho became the first unseeded to reach the title fight since 1963 by defeating Svitolina.

The face to face between these two tennis players is even, three to three, but the Czech has the advantage of having won the last two meetings, both this year, at the Australian Open and Indian Wells.

(With information from EFE)

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