5 Key Moments: Triumphant Tunisian Anas Jaber Reaches Wimbledon Final Again, Sets up Thrilling Clash with Marketa Vondrousova

Tunisian Anas Jaber’s Road to the Final

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Tunisian Anas Jaber Reaches Wimbledon Final Again, Sets up Clash with Marketa Vondrousova.Tunisian Anas Jaber, last year’s Wimbledon Championships runner-up, reached the final for the second consecutive year by defeating Belarusian Arina Sabalenka, the world’s second-ranked player, after overcoming a set deficit to win 6-7 (5-7), 4-6, 3-6 on Thursday. Jaber, currently ranked sixth in the world, will have the opportunity to win her first major title in the final against Czech Marketa Vondrousova on Saturday, following her defeat in last year’s final against Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina.

Jaber’s victory over Sabalenka deprived her of two significant accomplishments: her first-ever Wimbledon final appearance and the chance to become the top-ranked player, surpassing Poland’s Iga Swiatek. After the match, Jaber expressed gratitude to her fans for their support and credited psychotherapy for helping her cope with the pressure, saying, “I’m proud of myself for fighting until the end.”

In the semifinals, Jaber avenged her previous loss to Rybakina, setting up a final clash with Vondrousova, who became the first unranked player in 60 years to reach the Wimbledon final. Jaber acknowledged Vondrousova’s skill and mentioned seeking revenge for her two previous defeats this year.

This marks Jaber’s third grand final appearance, having finished as the runner-up in last year’s US Open against Swiatek. Similar to her quarterfinal and third-round matches, Jaber demonstrated resilience by coming from behind to secure the win.

Sabalenka, who missed last year’s tournament due to the ban on Russian and Belarusian players, achieved her best result on the London grass by reaching the semifinals. This marked her sixth career appearance in a major championship semifinal and the fourth consecutive one. She previously reached the Australian Open final earlier this year, where she emerged as the champion.

Jaber reduced Sabalenka’s advantage in head-to-head encounters to 2-3, with their previous meeting resulting in Jaber’s loss in the 2021 Wimbledon quarterfinals. Reflecting on what she learned from last year’s experience, Jaber emphasized the importance of converting negative energy into positivity and maintaining focus throughout the match.

The first set remained unbroken, with Jaber showcasing a solid serve while Sabalenka struggled to gain an advantage. Jaber missed opportunities to break, including a 40-15 lead in the fifth game. In the tie-break, Sabalenka staged a comeback, winning 7-5.

Jaber committed only 5 unforced errors in the first set, compared to 21 by her opponent, and achieved 13 winners, while Sabalenka hit 17 winners.

After both players held their serves in the first four games of the second set, Jaber lost her serve in the fifth, falling behind 2-4 with a double fault. However, she managed to break back in the eighth game, leveling the set at 4-4 with a spectacular shot along the line. Jaber later won her service game and secured the second set in her favor by returning Sabalenka’s serve with a beautiful backhand winner.

In the deciding set, both players started strongly on their serves. Jaber eventually broke Sabalenka in an intense sixth game, saving three break points before converting the fourth opportunity to take a 4-2 lead. She quickly held her serve, extending the lead to 5-2. Despite failing to convert two match points on Sabalenka’s serve and two more on her own, Jaber closed out the match after two hours and 19 minutes with a dominant serve on her fifth opportunity.

Jaber finished the match with just 14 unforced errors, compared to Sabalenka’s 45, and hit 28 winners, while Sabalenka managed 39.

With a captivating performance, Tunisian Anas Jaber has secured her spot in the Wimbledon final once again. Her resilience and determination will be put to the test as she faces Czech player Marketa Vondrousova. The stage is set for an exciting showdown. Stay tuned for the final match on Saturday!

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