Today is the day: Ons Jabeur and Elena Rybakina will face off in the Wimbledon 2022 women 's singles final. The Tunisian has finally made her dream come true and demolished the umpteenth taboo of a world destined to change with damping, sudden acceleration and angle variations.
Jabeur will go down in history for being the first Arab tennis player ever and the first on the African continent to reach the final in a Grand Slam tournament. The girl rebelled against a fate that seemed to be sealed and, step by step, she managed to climb the WTA rankings and become one of the best players on the Tour.
Even after conquering the most important achievement of her career, the native of Ksar El Hellar showed the world all of her humanity and paid tribute to her opponent-friend Tatjana Maria by taking her to the center of the most prestigious field in Wimbledon for a well-deserved standing ovation.
The German, who became a mother for the second time a year ago, tried to neutralize Jabeur's unpredictable tennis and played a game that was as intelligent as it was expensive. In the end, however, she won with a score of 6-2 3-6 6-1, she was the current number two in the world rankings.
The Tunisian, during the first part of the game, proved to be impeccable in the service and surprised her opponent in response twice: in the third and in the seventh game thanks to a deep backhand and a discreet passer-by.
Ons Jabeur has already rewritten the history of tennis
The only empty passage probably prevented her from closing the dispute prematurely. On 1-2, in the second set, Jabeur definitely lost control of the forehand and gave the German the break, who took advantage of the positive moment and kept the serve without worries for three consecutive rounds.
The final and decisive set re-established the hierarchy of a match that could have changed its face and disappointed expectations. The Tunisian has returned to mastering the exchanges and left only one game to Tatjana Maria.
A historic day also for Kazakh tennis, because no athlete had ever gone as far as the final of a Major. To break the negative tradition we thought Elena Rybakina, the youngest finalist at Wimbledon since Garbine Muguruza in 2015.
The 23-year-old born in Moscow was able to avoid the embargo imposed by the organizers of Wimbledon thanks to the choice made four years ago, when she decided to leave Russia and take the passport of Kazakhstan. Rybakina overturned all predictions and surpassed the champion of the 133rd edition of the Championships Simona Halep with a clear 6-3, 6-3.
Who will win today's final? Ons Jabeur starts with the underdogs, also thanks to a tennis that fits perfectly on grass-court.