WTA Ons Jabeur heavily backed favorite vs. Elena Rybakina


Ons Jabeur will enter her first career Grand Slam final as the heavy favorite to win the women’s Wimbledon title on Saturday.

The third-seeded Tunisian is being offered at -160 by BetMGM and at -165 by DraftKings, where Jabeur had drawn 60 percent of the early bets and 86 percent of the handle to beat Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina.

Rybakina is being offered at +135 by both sportsbooks.

Rybakina is coming off her first career match on Centre Court at the All England Club in London, beating No. 16 Simona Halep 6-3, 6-3 in Thursday’s semifinal. That set up a finals date with Jabeur, who needed three sets to get by Germany’s Tatjana Maria 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.

Jabeur leads the series against Rybakina, 2-1, thanks to a pair of victories in 2021. Rybakina won the first career meeting between the two in 2019.

Whoever wins on Saturday will become a first-time major champion.

Jabeur is the first Arab or North African player – male or female – to reach a grand slam final.

“It is a dream coming true from years and years of work and sacrifice. I am really happy it is paying off and I continue for one more match now,” Jabeur said. “I am a proud Tunisian woman standing here today. I try to inspire as much as I can. It is not just Tunisia. I want to see more and more Arab-African players on the tour. I just love the game.”

Meanwhile, Rybakina became the first player from Kazakhstan to reach a Grand Slam final. She is seeking her third career singles title and her first in more than two years.

–Field Level Media


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