Elena Rybakina vs Ons Jabeur Wimbledon Odds, Pick | Expert Preview
Robert Prange/Getty. Pictured: Ons Jabeur.
Rybakina vs Jabeur Odds
|Over/Under||22.5 (-110 / -110)|
|Time | How to Watch||Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. ET | ESPN|
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It's a rematch of the 2022 Wimbledon final on Wednesday, as Elena Rybakina takes on Ons Jabeur. After an easy day on Monday for the defending champion, she'll look to once again send Jabeur packing.
The World No. 6 should prove to be a tough test – much like she was last season – for the big-hitting Kazakh, however. Let's break down the quarterfinal matchup a bit more!
Rybakina Approaching Back-to-Back Wimbledon Crowns
Talk about simple, but effective. That's probably the best way to describe Rybakina's game. She has a huge serve, incredible power from the baseline with her flat groundstrokes and what I'd consider one of the strongest mental games on the women's tour.
There isn't a whole lot more than that to her though. With the state the WTA is in at the moment, those characteristics have been enough for her to be a dominant force during the 2023 season.
Her movement is a liability and her net game isn't really a factor either. To beat her, however, you have to be able to blunt the power and find ways to wrestle control of the rallies away from her. That's easier said than done, as players often have to hit centrally and relatively shallow just to get balls back in place. That, in turn, allows Rybakina to just keep pummeling the ball.
Jabeur Looking to Avenge Loss
If there is a player that can take down Rybakina, Jabeur would fit the bill. She just about did it last year in the final of this event, but let the moment get to her, as her rally tolerance abandoned her in the final two sets.
The serve is a weapon though, as is her forehand. She also possesses the kind of variety to round out her game, with elite slices and one of the best drop shots in the world.
That final part is the one I want to hone in on. Going back to Rybakina's relative struggles when it comes to movement, agility and court coverage, if Jabeur can execute her drop shots, it could be a long day for the defending champ.
Even when Rybakina is redlining and landing a high volume of first serves, Jabeur has the ability to stick with her, with power to her game and aggression to help her find consistent holds of serve as well.
Whether it's a less pressure-packed stage of the event, or the way she matches up with Rybakina, Jabeur should be more than capable of pulling off the upset here.
Rybakina vs Jabeur Pick
It may be a step up for Jabeur from the likes of Kvitova, but the Tunisian proved last round that her more well-rounded game can take out the big serving and hitting kind of players.
Last season she was in complete control of the final before her consistency from the baseline vanished and she lost in three sets. With the pressure not quite as suffocating this time around, I do believe she's got a great chance – certainly better than 40% – to exact revenge for the ladies final from 2022.
Pick: Jabeur ML (+150 via DraftKings)