Wimbledon: Will Ons Jabeur or Elena Rybakina win the women's title?

Ons Jabeur and Elena Rybakina

Regardless of the result, Ons Jabeur and Elena Rybakina will make history when they compete in the final of Wimbledon on Saturday.

It will be the first time in Open Era history that two first-time Grand Slam finalists will meet at Wimbledon.

In addition, Jabeur will become the first Tunisian, Arab or African woman to play in a Grand Slam final, while Rybakina is the youngest Wimbledon finalist since 21-year-old Garbiñe Muguruza in 2015.

The stage is set for a fantastic final, but who will clinch the title? GiveMeSport Women predicts the outcome.

Ons Jabeur

The world number two has been enjoying a slow and steady rise to the top of tennis. After nearly a decade of playing primarily at the ITF level, she began to feature more regularly on the WTA Tour in 2017.

She reached the Australian Open quarter-final in 2020, before progressing to the same stage at Wimbledon the following year.

Tunisian tennis player Ons Jabeur

Her first WTA Tour title came at the Birmingham Classic in 2021, and by the end of the year, Jabeur was in the world top 10.

This year she has stepped up her game, winning the Madrid Open and the German Open, before embarking on an impressive run at Wimbledon. Victories have come against Elise Mertens, Marie Bouzková and Tatjana Maria.

As the third seed, the 27-year-old Jabeur is the favourite to win the title.

Tunisian tennis player Ons Jabeur

Elena Rybakina

Despite being four years younger than Jabeur, Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina was first to earn her maiden WTA title, triumphing at the Bucharest Open in 2019.

She really hit her stride in 2020, reaching the finals at four of her first five events. This included victory at the Hobart International.

But the WTA Tour then shutdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Rybakina’s momentum was stalled.

When play resumed, the young star reached the quarter-finals at the 2021 French Open. But she has far exceeded this performance at Wimbledon this year, defeating Bianca Andreescu, Ajla Tomljanović and Simona Halep on the way to the final.

Now world number 23, Rybakina will be looking to rise up the rankings.

Kazakhstan star Elena Rybakina

Who will win Wimbledon?

Both Jabeur and Rybakina are fully deserving of their place in the women’s final at Wimbledon. It could be argued that Rybakina had the tougher route, beating Grand Slam champions such as Andreescu and Halep.

This could give the Kazakhstani star the edge going into the final, but it’s hard to look past Jabeur as the winner.

It feels as if the Tunisian has been building towards a Grand Slam title this year, and she now has the perfect opportunity to establish herself as one of the best tennis players in the world.

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