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In a thrilling, topsy-turvy Wimbledon we’re set for one last titanic tussle in the ladies’ side of the draw as Elena Rybakina and Ons Jabeur meet in the 2022 final on Saturday. From Serena Williams’ exit to Rybakina cruising past Simona Halep in the semis, we’ve not been able to take anything for granted this year.
Jabeur comes in as Paddy’s favourite but does that mean she’s destined for defeat, given the way this championship has gone? That might be pushing it, but let’s rummage up three best bets for this meeting of two players taking part in their maiden Major final.
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Saturday 1pm: Elena Rybakina v Ons Jabeur
Ladies’ Wimbledon Final 2022
TV: BBC One and BBC iPlayer
The furthest these two players had got in Majors to date was the quarter finals so a lot will come down to how well each can handle the pressure. In their three meetings to date Jabeur holds a 2-1 lead.
The big-serving Rybakina can cause problems for anyone on Tour and should have the ability to grab at least a set. Assuming Jabeur in on her game I can see this going all the way so I’ll side with Both Players to Win a Set at a bigger price than Over 22.5 Total Match Games.
Rybakina was able to overpower Halep in the semis with the Romanian having a shocking day on serve but things surely won’t fall into place in the same style here. Jabeur, the world No.2 might not get a better chance to get off the Major mark with a number of the bigger names falling unexpectedly at earlier hurdles.
Jabeur has made it to the final the hard way with two three setters in her last two rounds while Rybakina has only dropped one set. However, the Tunisian might be too cute for the 23-year-old so I’ll take Jabeur to Win.
All this points towards Jabeur winning 2-1. Rybakina can definitely prevail if she has another day like she did in the semi but, as mentioned before, Halep gave up eight double faults on the way to being broken four times.
In her semi Jabeur double faulted just twice and only gave up two break points. This feels like a close contest that will depend on the Tunisian’s serving but if it’s up to scratch I’m backing her to just edge this one in three sets.
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