The women’s final at Wimbledon is scheduled for Saturday afternoon on Centre Court. The men’s final will follow on Sunday. Both of these final-round matchups are not what was expected at Wimbledon.
The biggest surprise at Wimbledon is Iga Swiatek losing. This is even more shocking than Rafael Nadal dropping out of the tournament. Nadal has been banged up for months now, so Rafa having to retire can’t be seen as the most surprising.
A streak like we haven't seen in decades.
Hats off to Iga Swiatek 👏 pic.twitter.com/WhumZl1yfp
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) July 2, 2022
Swiatek’s loss to unseeded Alize Cornet, 4-6, 2-6, ended a 37-match winning streak for the Pole. She was a heavy favorite to win Wimbledon, but there is going to be another champion crowned.
Swiatek didn’t have anything in the tank following that special run. It will be interesting to see how she responds to the loss. For now, we’re focusing on Elena Rybakina and Ons Jabeur.
Rybakina is on a magical run of her own, as she was not projected to be close to the Wimbledon Final. She entered the tournament as the No. 17 seed at Wimbledon, but is playing like a top seed.
The 23-year-old opened with an impressive straight-set win over Bianca Andreescu and has been cruising since then. She saved her best for the semifinals against Simona Halep.
Halep was a favorite to win Wimbledon after Swiatek’s defeat. However, she failed to stay composed under the pressure.
Jabeur had to fight off a determined unseeded Tatjana Maria in the semifinals to win in three sets. This should be an interesting final match at Wimbledon on Saturday. Head below for our free Rybakina vs. Jabeur prediction at Wimbledon on July 9, 2022.
Elena Rybakina vs. Ons Jabeur Wimbledon Women’s Final Live Betting Odds:
|Elena Rybakina||+2 (-110)||+130||Over 22 (-105)|
|Ons Jabeur||-2 (-120)||-155||Under 22 (-125)|
Rybakina vs. Jabeur Prediction:
Elena Rybakina went into Wimbledon with no pressure on her shoulders and she’s played like someone with house money. She was the No. 23 ranked woman in the world going into Wimbledon, a spot that will undoubtedly improve win or lose after Wimbledon.
She wasn’t given many considerations on Centre Court at Wimbledon. Many didn’t give her a chance against Andreescu. Four matches later, and she’s in the final at Wimbledon.
Her toughest match was in the semifinals vs Simona Halep, who was a favorite to win after Swiatek’s upset. Halep fell under the pressure, with eight double faults en route to a 3-6, 3-6 loss.
The key for Rybakina was committing no double faults. She made no errors, which has been a theme for her throughout this tournament.
That’s the only double-fault Rybakina has made in three matches at Wimbledon. It will be imperative to run another mistake-free match to beat Jabeur and win her first Grand Slam.
𝗕𝗢𝗟𝗗, @Ons_Jabeur… 👀
— wta (@WTA) July 8, 2022
Jabeur hasn’t been as mistake-free as Rybakina at Wimbledon. She might be No. 2 in the world, but Jabeur needed three sets to get past Marie Bouzkova and Tatjana Maria in her last two matches. Bouzkova and Maria both won a set, 6-3.
They’ve met three times in their careers, with a match in Wuhan in 2019 resulting in a three-set win for Rybakina, 6-1, 6-7, 6-2. Jabeur responded with a 7-6, 4-6, 6-2 win lat March in Dubai. Rybakina had to retire in Chicago against Jabeur with an injury after going behind 4-6, 2-3.
Rybakina is avoiding errors right at the moment, allowing her to reach the Wimbledon Final on Centre Court. If she can stay away from double faults for another match on Saturday, Rybakina has a case over Jabeur. Expect more than 22 games in the women’s final. A play on the OVER appears like a solid option.