Rafael Nadal withdrew from Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — The latest news from Wimbledon (all times local):
Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from Wimbledon.
The 22-time Grand Slam champion is suffering from an abdominal injury and says he won’t play his semi-final match against Nick Kyrgios on Friday.
Elena Rybakina beat 2019 champion Simona Halep 6-3, 6-3 on center court to set up a Wimbledon final against Ons Jabeur.
17th-seeded Rybakina and third-seeded Jabeur are first-time Grand Slam finalists.
Rybakina is the first player from Kazakhstan to reach a major final. Jabeur is the first Arab woman to reach a major final and the first African woman to do so in the Open era.
Rybakina, 23, is Wimbledon’s youngest finalist since 2015, when Garbiñe Muguruza lost to Serena Williams.
Halep, the 2018 French Open champion, had reached the semis without dropping a set but was broken early in both sets.
The 30-year-old Romanian was unable to defend her Wimbledon title last year – after the 2020 edition was canceled – due to a calf injury.
The second women’s semi-final between Simona Halep and Elena Rybakina has started on center court at Wimbledon.
Halep won the title at the All England Club in 2019. Rybakina has never been this far in a major tournament.
The winner will face Ons Jabeur in Saturday’s final.
Ons Jabeur qualified for her first Grand Slam final by beating Tatjana Maria 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 on center court at Wimbledon in a victory that is also a first for Arab and African women.
The Tunisian is the first Arab woman to reach a major final and the first African woman to do so in the Open era.
Third seed Jabeur will face 2019 Wimbledon champion Simona Halep or 17th seed Elena Rybakina in Saturday’s final.
In the deciding set, Jabeur twice beat his 34-year-old German opponent – who was a first-time Grand Slam semi-finalist – en route to a 5-0 lead.
It was Maria’s 35th major tournament appearance, and the 103rd-ranked player had never made it past the third round before.
Jabeur and Maria, 27, are good friends – “barbecue buddies”, as the Tunisian put it.
The women’s semi-final between Ons Jabeur and Tatjana Maria started on center court.
Neither player has ever gone this far in a major tournament.
The winner will face either Simona Halep or Elena Rybakina in Saturday’s final.
There will be at least one first-time Grand Slam finalist at the end of the women’s semi-finals.
Ons Jabeur and Tatjana Maria will play the first match on center court. Neither has ever gone this far in any of the four major tennis tournaments.
Simona Halep will face Elena Rybakina in the second match. Halep won the Wimbledon title in 2019 and the French Open the previous year. Rybakina is playing at the All England Club for only the second time. She lost in the fourth round last year.
The women’s final will be played on Saturday.
The men’s semi-finals are scheduled for Friday. Novak Djokovic will face Cam Norrie and Rafael Nadal will face Nick Kyrgios for a place in Sunday’s final.
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