Wimbledon Women Finals: The Grand Slam Title Holder Club

Wimbledon Women Finals: The Grand Slam Title Holder Club

TENNIS

The first notion that springs to mind while imagining this final is, if Rybakina wins, will her victory celebration be the least extravagant in Wimbledon history? Rybakina smiled, shook her fist lightly, and moved directly to the net for the handshake after her overwhelming semifinal victory over Simona Halep. She considers that an operatic display of emotion.

Rybakina claims that her supernatural composure originates from her self-confidence; if she’s playing well, victory is not a surprise.

“I mean, I’m smiling,” Rybakina said on Thursday. Because I have confidence in myself, I am unsure of how I will react.

The 23-year-old product of Moscow did not have much of a grass-court season before to Wimbledon, but she has shown confident from the beginning of the event, when she defeated Coco Vandeweghe and Bianca Andreescu in two-set sets. Even after losing her only set of the tournament to Ajla Tomljanovic, Rybakina appeared to be the more confident player on the court, as evidenced by her easy victories in the next two sets.

“We collaborated intensively with my team [to achieve success]. Obviously, nobody anticipated that it would be this week at Wimbledon. However, this is something on which we worked extensively. Everyone on my squad had confidence in me.”

From her intimidating serve to her flat and quick ground strokes, the 6-foot-tall, long, slender Rybakina has triumphed with a linear, classic grass-court game. Now, in Jabeur, she will encounter an altogether new strategy for achieving success on the same surface.

Jabeur does few uncomplicated actions; she cuts her passes and utilizes drop shots whenever and wherever she desires. Grass rewards strength, but it also rewards feel, thus it makes sense for a Centre Court final to include a stylistic contrast such as Jabeur versus Rybakina.

In addition to this contrast, the history between these two players suggests that this match will be competitive. Jabeur and Rybakina have contested two completed matches, each of which lasted three sets and was won by each player once.

When asked about Rybakina, Jabeur mentioned not only her speed but also her ability to alter it.

“Rybakina is a tenacious player. If you give her a small amount of time, she will waste it, Jabeur stated on Thursday. She can play exceptionally well on grass due to her aggressiveness and ability to alter her rhythm.

It will be an intriguing contest, but I’ll do my best to make her earn every point.

Jabeur is noted for her diversity and unpredictability, but she defeated Tatjana Maria in the semifinals by sitting down and playing more conventional tennis. That also sounds like a safe strategy for the final, but it would play into Rybakina’s hands, who thrives on rhythm and would likely be the favorite in a matchup between the two. This pairing may be a matter of trial and error for Jabeur; she has the flexibility to experiment and discover what works. For Rybakina, it may come down to maintaining a sense of calm self-assurance for one more round.

Will Wimbledon produce its first Arab winner? Or will it end up with a Russian-born champion, despite the fact that players from Russia were banned months before the tournament? It’s difficult to call. Jabeur has risen to every difficulty she has encountered, whilst Rybakina has maintained a steely resolve and unwavering confidence over the past two weeks. I believe she maintained her tunnel vision for one more round, as well as throughout her post-match celebration.