“She’s a big favorite at Wimbledon,” Pliskova praises Jabeur after defeating her at Nottingham Open

Saturday, 15 June 2024 at 22:00
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Karolina Pliskova praised Ons Jabeur and named her as one of the favorites for Wimbledon after defeating her in the quarterfinals of the Rothesay Nottingham Open. The former world No. 1 returns to the semifinals of a tournament for the first time since February at the Doha Open.
Despite a strong start to the year with a title at the WTA 250 Transylvania Open and later reaching the semifinals of the WTA 1000 Doha Open, Pliskova had not managed consecutive wins again until this grass-swing began in the best possible way. The 6th seed overcame a tough match against world No. 10 Jabeur with a score of 7-6(8), 6-7(3), 7-5.

Pliskova Back in Form on Grass

The 32-year-old Czech secured her third victory in four encounters against Jabeur. Although she is currently only world No. 50, Pliskova demonstrated that she remains one of the best players on grass. Known as one of the best servers in the history of the game, Pliskova has previously shown her prowess on grass with three titles and a runner-up finish at Wimbledon in 2021, where she lost to then world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty.
Pliskova did not hide her joy after defeating the Tunisian Jabeur on Saturday at the Nottingham Open. Both players are familiar with being Wimbledon finalists, as Jabeur was a runner-up in both 2022 and 2023, falling just short of the title twice.
Pliskova commented that Jabeur will be a contender again at the All England Club: “I thought it was a great match. I think she is one of the toughest opponents to play on grass. We never actually played on grass. After today, I think she’s a big favorite at Wimbledon. She played 2 finals there. Very pleased to be through,” the world No. 50 said.
Jabeur lost in the last two Wimbledon finals: 2022 against Elena Rybakina and 2023 against Marketa Vondrousova.
Jabeur lost in the last two Wimbledon finals: 2022 against Elena Rybakina and 2023 against Marketa Vondrousova.
In the semifinals, Pliskova will face young French player Diane Parry, who is gradually living up to the early expectations placed on her. At 21, Parry is seeking her first final in a WTA tournament but will first have to overcome Pliskova, whom she has never faced before.

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