Wimbledon day 13: Ons Jabeur and Elena Rybakina fight for the first Grand Slam

Ons Jabeur and Elena Rybakina take center stage at Wimbledon on Saturday and one of them will become a Grand Slam winner for the first time.

Both had failed to advance past the quarter-finals of a major tournament prior to this week, but have produced excellent runs and can create history for the countries they represent.

Jaber, of Tunisiacould become the first female grand slam winner from an Arab country and the African continent, while Moscow-born Rybakina, who changed her international allegiance in 2018, will try to be the first Kazakh to achieve success singles in sports.

Here, the PA news agency looks at the penultimate day of the championships.

order of play

  • Elena Rybakina vs Ons Jabeur
  • Ebden & Purcell versus Mektic & Pavic

British watch

Cameron Norrie’s loss on Friday means there is no involvement from Britain’s singles on the final weekend of the Championships, but there are some hopes at home.

A spectacular victory for Alfie Hewitt in the men’s wheelchair singles on Friday means he is preparing for a first appearance in Sunday’s final.

Hewett will also contest the men’s wheelchair doubles on Saturday on court three after partnering with Gordon Reid to reach another Grand Slam final on day 12 of the Championships. The duo will be looking to win an 11th straight major wheelchair doubles title against Gustavo Fernandez and Shingo Kunieda.

Game of the day

Jabeur and Rybakina will meet for the fourth time in the Wimbledon final, with the Tunisian ahead of their current matches by a score of 2-1. The world number two has won the most recent encounters, both last year in Chicago and Dubai on hard courts.

Rybakina got the better of Saturday’s co-runner-up at Wuhan in 2019, but this latest encounter at the All England Club will see two contrasting styles clash.

Drop shot Queen Jabeur is typically associated with deft touches by the net, slices and masterful wrist winners while Moscow-born Rybakina has netted 49 aces at Wimbledon so far and her powerful groundstrokes have been a key element in his run to the final. Another thriller looms on the horizon on center court.

Wimbledon day 13: Ons Jabeur and Elena Rybakina fight for the first Grand Slam

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