BREAKING: Ons Jabeur beats Aryna Sabalenka to reach Wimbledon final in dramatic comeback victory 

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Ons Jabeur produces ANOTHER memorable comeback to knock out Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka and set up her second straight Wimbledon final after falling short last year

Ons Jabeur has reached the Wimbledon final for the second year running after mounting a spectacular comeback against Aryna Sabalenka.

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The world No 6 won 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 to book a place in tennis’ most prestigious match, where she will face the unseeded world No 42 Markéta Vondroušová.

After losing the first set in a tiebreaker, the Tunisian looked bereft when she found herself 2-4 down and serve broken in the second set.

But she hit a blistering streak of form and won ten of the final 13 games to storm to victory as Sabalenka’s confidence looked shot. 

The final set remained on serve until she broke the Belarussian world No 2 to go 4-2 up, and from there she proceeded to victory via some tough battles, including a deuce in the penultimate game which Sabalenka scraped through to keep her hopes alive. 

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Ons Jabeur beat Aryna Sabalenka in three sets to reach the Wimbledon final 

The world No 6 produced a dramatic comeback and will face Markéta Vondroušová next

The world No 6 produced a dramatic comeback and will face Markéta Vondroušová next

Aryna Sabalenka was two games away from victory in the second set but Jabeur stepped up

Aryna Sabalenka was two games away from victory in the second set but Jabeur stepped up

Jabeur tasted defeat to Elena Rybakini in last year’s final and is determined to take the crown in SW19.

She will breathe rarefied air in becoming just the fourth women’s singles player this century to contest two finals in a row. Only Serena Williams, Venus Williams, and Lindsay Davenport have done the same since 2000.

She denies Sabalenka the chance to win her second Grand Slam of 2023 after she won the Australian Open in January. 

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After the match, she said: ‘I’m very proud of myself because maybe old me would have lost the match today and gone home already. I’m glad that I kept digging deep and found the strength.

‘I’m learning to transform the bad energy into a good one.’ 

In a self-deprecating note, she added that her opponent in the final, Vondroušová, had already beaten her twice this year. Their overall record against each other is 3-3.

Due to her defeat, Sabalenka will not replace Iga Swiatek at the top of the women’s rankings.  

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