Elena Rybakina was defeated in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon 2023 by Ons Jabeur.

Sixth seed Jabeur came back from a set down to win 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-1 in a rematch from a year ago.

The Tunisian won the second set 5-4 with a crucial serve break and then dominated the final.

Jabeur, who defeated Madison Keys, will face Aryna Sabalenka in the semi-finals on Thursday.

Sabalenka, the second seed from Belarus, defeated the American 6-2, 6-4, keeping alive her bid to capture her maiden Wimbledon title and replace Iga Swiatek as world number one.

With Rybakina out, there will be a first-time women’s singles champion this year.

Jabeur was significantly more aggressive than she was versus Rybakina last year, with the Tunisian hitting 35 winners to the Russian’s 21.

“I said I’m going for my shots because going easy on her isn’t going to work,” Jabeur explained.

“It’s not easy playing her, but I wish we could exchange this match for the finals last year.”

Rybakina had only lost her serve once in the competition prior to the quarter-finals, but Jabeur put the Kazakh under relentless strain.

Jabeur broke twice in the first set before losing in a tie-break and once in the second, which was vital.

With the second set on the line, Jabeur started the game with a brilliant backhand return winner and then forced Rybakina to push backhands into the tramlines twice.

That game leveled the match and was the second of a run of five consecutive games for the Tunisian, which finally decided the match.

In the final, Rybakina tried to reverse Jabeur’s 3-1 advantage, but the Tunisian fought off danger before sealing out the win to set up a last-four match with Sabalenka.

“I saw she won very quickly, which I wasn’t happy with,” Jabeur remarked of Sabalenka. “She’s a fantastic player.” She hits as fast as Elena, so it will be difficult.

“It’ll be a difficult match, but I’ll keep this spirit on the court, and hopefully the crowd will be with me.”

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