A couple of first-time grand slam champions will battle against each other when Ons Jabeur and Elena Rybakina go head-to-head at the All England Club. The Wimbledon Women’s final odds are cornered with Jabeur, but only just so. Rybakina is a small underdog. Thus, setting up a tight betting affair that could go either way.
Read on for our complete preview of Jabeur vs Rybakina complete with an odds analysis, as we set you up to bet on Wimbledon. As ever, we also throw in a free tennis pick for your consideration. But feel free to bet whichever way.
Wimbledon Women’s Final Odds Preview
Jabeur, the Crafty Favorite
Ons Jabeur, 27, is breaking new ground for Arab and African women in tennis ever since she burst onto the WTA Tour. Now, the trailblazing Tunisian is one win away from realizing her dream of becoming a Wimbledon champion
She first dared to entertain this dream last year, when she reached her maiden Wimbledon quarterfinal ( and second career grand slam quarterfinal). Then, Jabeur beat two former Wimbledon Women’s champions – Venus Williams and Garbine Muguruza – and French Open champion, Iga Swiatek, on her way to the milestone at the All England Club.
Though Jabeur went on to lose to Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, 6-4, 6-3, she left an indelible impression on the Centre Court crowd at SW19 and tennis fans beyond.
Becoming the first Arab woman to play in a Wimbledon quarterfinal was a proud moment for the patriotic Tunisian. from which the dream to lift the Venus Rosewater dish was born.
“Last year I told my mental coach, I’m coming back next year for the title. I just love everything around here, the atmosphere and everything,” said Jabeur.
Following her win over Tatjana Maria in three sets in Thursday’s semifinals, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1, Jabeur reiterated her hope to inspire others, especially girls from the Middle East and Africa to pick up a racquet.
“I want to see more players from my country, from the Middle East, from Africa,” said Jabeur. “I think we didn’t believe enough at a certain point that we can do it. Now I’m just trying to show that. Hopefully, people are getting inspired.”
Jabeur’s game is well suited to grass as evinced by her two career titles on this surface – Birmingham (2021) and Berlin (2022). She has guile, style, and variety in her shotmaking.
She’s not a power player, per se. Although her baseline game is solid and she can hit winners from anywhere on the court. Her real genius comes in outwitting her opponents, like a chess player moving them from side to side before going for the kill. If she plays up to her capabilities, she’s likely to come through on her favorable Wimbledon Women’s final odds.
Rybakina Power Underdog
Elena Rybakina, 23, powered her way to her first-ever grand slam final, beating Simona Halep in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, to punch her ticket to the ultimate match at the All England Club.
Rybakina entered the tournament as a legitimate contender, but she barely registered on anyone’s radar as a potential finalist.
And yet, here she is. In the final of Wimbledon. Dispatching a former Wimbledon Women’s champion in Halep (2019), no less.
Russian-born and Moscow native, Rybakina is representing Kazakhstan after switching international allegiance to the oil-rich country in 2018. Kazakhstan has lured many Russians to fly the Kazakhstan flag by offering them better support and conditions to succeed than they were getting in their home country.
Wimbledon’s ban on Russian and Belarussian players didn’t apply to Rybakina because she’s representing Kazakhstan. But with her Cinderella run into the final, her undeniable connection to Russia has all of a sudden become an awkward talking point.
Jabeur vs Rybakina Betting Verdict
Rybakina’s Wimbledon Women’s Final odds are relatively low, even though she’s the underdog. She’s priced as the +155 underdog to deliver the upset over bookies’ odds-on fave Jabuer at -135.
In many respects, this is an even matchup. From playing a first grand slam final to carrying the weight of a nation’s expectations and the prospect of making history, there are many parallels. Jabeur is the player many are backing to win, but Rybakina is gaining just as much attention. Thus, it’s a bit of a coin toss for your tennis picks.