Ons Zhaber and Elena Rybakina will fight for the first Grand Slam title in a historic duel at Wimbledon

When Ons Zhaber and Elena Rybakina face off in the Wimbledon final, it will be the fifth time in a row that the first women’s champion has walked through the wood-panelled revolving doors of the All England Club.
The fast-paced carousel of champions that has become a feature of the women’s game when Australian Ash Barty doesn’t even play anymore stands in stark contrast to the “same old, same old” men’s game at Wimbledon. for nearly two decades.

Indeed, since 2003, only four people – Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray – have lifted the Challenge Cup.


While the Big Four are used to setting records almost every time they take to the court, Saturday’s women’s final will be just as important, no matter who wins between Jaber and Kazakh Rybakina.
Third seed Jabeur, Tunisia’s so-called “Minister of Happiness”, will aim to lift the spirits of the entire continent as she aims to become the first African, as well as the first Arab, to win a Grand Slam title at the Open. era.
She already has a vivid vision of what this moment will be like.
“Many times I imagined giving a good speech, holding a trophy, seeing a trophy,” said the world number two on the eve of the decisive match, which will feature two Grand Slam finalists for the first time since 1962. .
“I did it all. Now I need to really hold on to the trophy.”

Jaber’s face is already plastered on giant billboards all over Tunisia, and with the final taking place when the country celebrates Eid al-Adha, she hopes to make 9 July 2022 an unforgettable day.

Elena Rybakina waves to the crowd of tennis fans.

Elena Rybakina during the 2022 Wimbledon semi-final match, July 7, 2022. Source: A MONKEY / Dubreuil Corinne

She will seek to confuse Rybakin with an abundance of “cuts and tosses” that she knows “annoys a lot of people.”

“I want to get bigger, inspire many more generations. Tunisia is connected with the Arab world, connected with the African continent. We want to see more players,” said the trailblazer.
“It’s amazing to truly inspire a new generation. Just to show that nothing is impossible.”
Rybakina also believes in the “nothing is impossible” mantra as the 23-year-old Russian native claims to be the first Kazakhstani to win a major in singles.
The big forward scored 144 winners, including 49 aces, and leveled six opponents, including Grand Slam champions Bianca Andreescu and Simona Halep.

But instead of asking about the damage she does with her devastating serves and devastating ground shots, Rybakina has found herself in the spotlight because of her ties to Russia.


Since Russian and Belarusian players were excluded from Wimbledon after the invasion of Ukraine, Rybakina would have been excluded from Wimbledon this year if she had not defected to Kazakhstan four years ago.
She found herself brushing off questions about her country of birth, including: “Deep down, do you still feel Russian?” and “Do you consider yourself someone who still lives in Moscow or do you live in Kazakhstan?”
With the non-committal diplomacy of a world leader, she offered answers such as: “I travel every week. I spend most of my time on tour. That’s why I don’t live anywhere.”
Now she will be happy to play the Tunisian in the final, which will showcase the contrast of styles.

“We will go on this journey together,” said the 17th seed. “It’s just amazing that we’re making history.”