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Wimbledon Final Betting Preview: July 9 Ladies Final Bet Pick
The 2022 Wimbledon ladies’ singles final is far from the one that was expected going into the tournament, as Elena Rybakina and Ons Jabeur will play for one of the most coveted trophies in sports on Saturday.
Neither player had gone beyond the quarterfinals at a major tournament prior to this fortnight, and both will look to cash in on their first opportunity in a major final here.
To do so, each player will need to impose their unique style of play on the other in what will be an interesting chess match on the grass where Jabeur enters as the favorite.
So far, during this Wimbledon campaign, Elena Rybakina has simply been a cut above her competition. The Kazakh has dropped just one set in six matches so far, dispatching major champions Bianca Andreescu and Simona Halep along the way.
Her victory over Halep in the semifinal round was arguably the most impressive performance of the tournament on the ladies’ side so far, as she dispatched the favorite to win the title while facing just one break point in the match.
In this tournament, Rybakina ranks fourth among all competitors in the ladies’ draw in the percentage of first serve points won. She has won 77% of those points, following up her big serve with some devastating forehands.
Against Jabeur, that pace will be necessary to prevent her fellow finalist from using her variety to take pace off of the ball and create neutral ball rallies.
Ons Jabeur has dropped just two sets during the Wimbledon campaign so far, needing three sets to win her matches in the quarterfinals and semifinals to get to this championship match.
Jabeur has benefited from a very fortunate draw to make it to this point, as upsets early in the tournament helped her to avoid matches against players like Emma Raducanu and Maria Sakkari in the later rounds. Jabeur will look to win her first match against a top-30 player at this tournament in the final to silence any doubters pertaining to her path to this point.
Jabeur has played a masterful tournament when she has not been in control of the proceedings. She has won the highest percentage of second serve points of any player in the ladies’ draw and has won the most points while returning the first serve of her opponents.
Her ability to get players out of their comfort zone will be key against the hard-hitting Rybakina.
Keys To The Match
The biggest key to this match is going to be which player can make the match fit their style of play the best. Rybakina will want shorter points where her weight of shot forces Jabeur to defend, while Jabeur will prefer longer rallies where her variety of shots can coax errors out of Rybakina.
The player that gets more points to play out the way they want them to will have a huge advantage as this match wears on.
In addition to the stylistic differences in this matchup, how both players handle the gravity of this moment will be huge. Neither player has been on this stage before, and nerves can cause all kinds of problems executing in an individual sport like tennis.
Which player can come out the calmest and most confident, and execute their game plan, will have the upper hand in this historic matchup.
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