Wimbledon 2023 semifinal Highlights: Jabeur secures comeback win vs Sabalenka; Vondrousova beats Svitolina

Welcome to Sportstar’s highlights of the Wimbledon semifinals of Women’s Singles.

Updated : Jul 13, 2023 22:28 IST

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 13: Ons Jabeur of Tunisia celebrates in the Women's Singles Semi Finals against Aryna Sabalenka on day eleven of The Championships Wimbledon 2023 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 13, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 13: Ons Jabeur of Tunisia celebrates in the Women's Singles Semi Finals against Aryna Sabalenka on day eleven of The Championships Wimbledon 2023 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 13, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) | Photo Credit: PATRICK SMITH

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 13: Ons Jabeur of Tunisia celebrates in the Women's Singles Semi Finals against Aryna Sabalenka on day eleven of The Championships Wimbledon 2023 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 13, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) | Photo Credit: PATRICK SMITH

Wimbledon 2023: Follow for all the highlights of the women’s singles semifinal at the Wimbledon.

  • July 13, 2023 22:20
    History in the making!
  • July 13, 2023 22:09
    Jabeur wins!!

    Jabeur starts strong. Wins the first three points. She has three match points. Sabalenka saves the first one. Jabeur misses the next one. But she doesn’t the miss the next chance. Smashes an ace.


  • July 13, 2023 22:05
    Sabalenka keeps it going

    Jabeur has elevated her return game to the next level. Sabalenka is left stranded as Jabeur smashes a quick-fire return to seal a point.

    Jabeur earns a match point at 40-30, but Sabalenka fires in an ace to take it to deuce and she holds on to win the tiebreak.

  • July 13, 2023 21:58
    Jabeur leads 5-2

    The confidence is shining through Jabeur. She offers Sabalenka no chance as she scythes through the game. She is close to a brilliant comeback win.

  • July 13, 2023 21:55
    Jabeur breaks!!

    Sabalenka under the pump. Jabeur wins the first two points. But Sabalenka draws a couple of errors out of her opponent to make it 30-30.

    Jabeur keepts the fight on and takes it to deuce. Sabalenka falters under the pressure. It is Jabeur who is up by a break.

  • July 13, 2023 21:45
    Jabeur retakes lead

    Jabeur races to 40-0. Sabalenka regains her footing with two blistering forehands.

    But Jabuer snuffs the challenge with a good first serve.

  • July 13, 2023 21:42
    Sabalenka brings it to 2-2

    Sabalenka’s first serve is fading, just a bit. Jabeur pushes it to 30-30. But Sabalenks holds on to win the game and level it.

  • July 13, 2023 21:40
    Jabeur with 2-1 lead

    Jabeur makes easy work of Sabalenka to take a 2-1 lead. Some solid groundwork from Jabeur there.

  • July 13, 2023 21:36
    Third Set Begins

    Jabeur and Sabalenka shares the first two games as the game drags closer to the two-hour mark.

  • July 13, 2023 21:28
    Second set goes to Jabeur

    Jabeur roars back into the match.

    The pressure is now on Sabalenka as Jabeur earns a break point and she converts instantly.

    Jabeur takes the second set!!

  • July 13, 2023 21:24
    Jabeur leads 5-4

    Jabeur fails to build on her momentum. Sabalenka capitalises on her opponent’s errors to take the game to deuce.

    But Jabuer gathers herself back and wins the tiebreak.

  • July 13, 2023 21:19
    Jabeur breaks back

    Sabalenka starts with a ferocious ace to Jabeur’s forehand. Jabeur claws one back to make 15-15.

    Jabeur mishits a backhand and it is 30-15 for Sabalenka. The duo trades a couple of points and Sabalenka has a game point. Jabeur responds with a cheeky drop shot to take it to deuce.

    Jabeur strikes back in the triebreaker. She is keeping the match alive.

  • July 13, 2023 21:09
    Jabeur wins, trails 3-4

    Jabeur knows it is now or never.

    She goes 30-0 up with some brilliant net play. Sabalenka returns the favour by dancing down, forcing a mishit from Jabeur.

    But the Tunisian reins it in and wins the game. 4-3 in favour of Sabalenka

  • July 13, 2023 21:06
    Sabalenka makes it 4-2

    Sabalenka looks in absolute control now. Thunders in a couple of aces to take her to 40-0. Jabeur on the other hand is looking to deflated.

  • July 13, 2023 21:03
    Sabalenka breaks

    Jabeur under pressure.

    Fantastic return game from Sabalenka and she earns three break points. She doesn’t waste much time in polishing the game off. First break of the match.

  • July 13, 2023 21:01
    Sabalenka makes it level

    Jabeur growing it a little comfotable with Sabalenka’s serves. Makes it 30-30.

    Sabalenka brings out a couple of deft shots to keep a grip on the match.

  • July 13, 2023 20:56
    Jabeur leads 2-1

    Sabalenka makes back-to-back errors to gift Jabeur an easy start to the game. She is quick to pounce on her opponent’s mistakes and winds up the game easily.

  • July 13, 2023 20:54
    1-1 in second set

    Sabalenka continues on with her strong service game. Doesn’t let Jabeur get near her serves. 1-1 now!

  • July 13, 2023 20:52
    Second set begins

    Jabeur serving first. Increased signs of aggression from her as she quickly wraps up the game.

  • July 13, 2023 20:50
    Mollywood legend Mohanlal in the house
  • July 13, 2023 20:47
    Sabalenka wins first set

    Easy service game for Jabeur and she takes it to the tiebreaker.

    Jabeur takes an early control of the tiebreaker. She takes a two-point advantage with an inch-perfect backhand on the line.

    But Sabalenka is the one who wins the tiebreaker as she banks on her strong serve.

  • July 13, 2023 20:36
    Sabalenks goes ahead 6-5

    Sabalenka nets a couple of serves and Jabeur pounces on a weak serve to make it 15-30. But Sabalenka delivers an ace to make it 40-15 and wraps up the game soon enough.

  • July 13, 2023 20:33
    Jabeur makes it 5-5

    Jabeur’s serve under pressure and she sticks up to the challenge. Wins the game without dropping a point. 5-5 now.

  • July 13, 2023 20:30
    5-4 in favour of Sabalenka

    Jabeur makes it hard for Sabalenka with the serve. Drags it onto the tiebreaker. Sabalenka gains a couple of advantages and finally converts. Advantage Sabalenka now.

  • July 13, 2023 20:25
    4-4 in the first set

    Fantastic net play by Jabeur. Despite Sabalenka getting on top of her serves, Jabeur is quick to kill of the points and win the game

  • July 13, 2023 20:21
    Sabalenka leads 4-3

    Sabalenka sweeps through that game. Jabeur has no answers against the over-powered Sabalenka serve. No points dropped in that game.

  • July 13, 2023 20:18
    Jabeur levels it up.

    Sabalenka takes an early lead with a sweetly-timed backhand lob. Jabeur can only watch as it lands inside.

    Jabeur is unbothered as she reels in the next three points and wins the game. 3-3.

  • July 13, 2023 20:15
    Sabalenka leads 3-2

    Sabalenka misses out on a couple of first serves, making way for Jabeur to take a 30-15 lead. Jabeur makes it 40-15 after forcing a mis-hit from Sabalenka.

    Sabalenka storms back to make it 40-40. A prolonged tiebreaker follows and Sabalenka ekes through.

  • July 13, 2023 20:05
    Jabeur brings it to 2-2

    Jabeur races to 40-15 with some good backhands. She double faults, before sealing the game thanks to an error from Sabalenka.

  • July 13, 2023 20:01
    Sabalenka leads 2-1

    Sabalenks puts Jabeur on the backfoot with a fiery first serve. But its is Jabeur who wins the point with an incredible passing, cross-court shot. She secures a break point, but it is deuce soon enough. Sabalenks seals the game, after some struggle.

  • July 13, 2023 19:54
    Jabeur levels it

    Jabeur doesn’t find it as easy as Sabalenka with the serve.

    The Belarusian takes it to deuce, putting some early pressure on Jabeur. But the Tunisian cleans up the tiebreak with a couple of strong serves.

  • July 13, 2023 19:50
    Sabalenka wins first game

    Easy first game for Sabalenka. Wins it without dropping a point. Really strong first serve from her, instantly putting the pressure on Jabeur.

  • July 13, 2023 19:49
    Second Semifinal Begins

    Jabeur and Sabalenka up next in the Wimbledon semifinals.

  • July 13, 2023 19:32
    What a moment!
  • July 13, 2023 19:22
    Vondrousova wins!!

    Vondrousova serving for a spot in the final.

    Makes it 30-0 in no time. Double-faults to give a point back. Misses a forehand, which crashes onto the net. 30-30. But soon enough has a match point, which she capitalises on immediately.

    Vondrousova is the winner of the first semifinal.

  • July 13, 2023 19:20
    Vondrousova on the verge of Wimbledon final

    Svitolina double faults and then hits one too wide. Vondrousova capitalises on her opponent’s mistakes is now serving for the match.

  • July 13, 2023 19:16
    Svitolina brings it down to 4-3

    Vondrousova is the one under pressure now. Svitolina wins the first two points.

    Vondrousova wins the next one with a net approach and wins the next with a powerful serve.

    Svitolina earns a break point, which is soon taken away by Vondrousova. But Svitolina isn’t one to be denied. She wins the game.

  • July 13, 2023 19:10
    Svitolina makes it 4-2

    There is still life in this contest. Svitolina shows her fighting spirit as she brings out some delicate shots to give herself a chance in this set.

  • July 13, 2023 19:07
    Svitolina breaks back, makes it 4-1

    Vondrousova keeps winning points. Svitolina is growingly frustrated as she keeps making unforced errors. Vondrousova leading 40-0.

    Svitolina wins the next three points as Vondrousova errs with her first serve. DEUCE!!

    Svitolina fights through a prolonged tiebreaker and breaks through Vondrousova’s serve.

  • July 13, 2023 18:59
    4-0 for Vondrousova

    Svitolina with the serve. Gets a couple of points without much struggle, before Vondrousova hits another passing shot which lands beyond an advancing Svitolina. 40-30 now.

    Vondrousova makes Svitolina run all over the court before making it deuce with a simple cross-courter. Svitloina double faults to give Vondrousova a break point.

    The duo keeps the tie-breaker going for a while, before Vondrousova seals the game and goes 4-0 up.

  • July 13, 2023 18:48
    Vondrousova goes 3-0 up

    Vondrousova has found her rhythm. Toys with Svitolina before killing the point with a lob shot.

    She wins the game without losing a point. Svitolina struggling to get her touch.

  • July 13, 2023 18:46
    Vondrousova makes it 2-0

    Svitolina wins the first two points, but Vondrousova reels in the next three points. She has a break point now.

    Svitolina serves and rushes to the net and kills the point. Deuce.

    Svitolina comes forward again and thinks she has sealed the point. But Vondrousova races to her left and saves the point. Svitolina can’t believe that her opponent has reached there. GAME Vondrousova

  • July 13, 2023 18:41
    Second Set Begins

    Vondrousova begins on the front foot. Wins the first two points with her serve.

    Overhits a forehand to make in 30-15, but draws and unforced error to make it game point. Another mistake from Svitolina and that is game.

  • July 13, 2023 18:37
    Vondrousova wins first set 6-3

    Vondrousova cuts across an on-rushing Svitolina with a forehand. Shot of a player in confidence. The crowd applauds her for that.

    Vondrousova gets lucky. A backhand clips the net and lands perfectly in Svitolina’s court. Soon, it is deuce. Svitolina mishits a couple of straightforward shots and Vondrousova wins the first set, quite comfortably.

  • July 13, 2023 18:33
    Vondrousova makes it 5-3

    Vondrousova cruising now. Win the game 8 without dropping a points. Svitolina struggling against her powerful left-handed serves.

  • July 13, 2023 18:30
    Vondrousova breaks again; leads 4-3

    Both players are struggling to gain control of their serve.

    Vondrousova wins three consecutive points off Svitolina’s serve and she now has three break points. She slips while going for one on her backhand. She is back up soon and wins the game.

  • July 13, 2023 18:27
    Svitolina breaks back; 3-3

    Vondrousova instantly put under pressure by Svitolina. Loses the first point, before double faulting.

    Svitolina makes it 40-30, before Vondrousova makes it deuce. Svitolina doesn’t waste too much in the tiebreaker. She breaks immediately.

  • July 13, 2023 18:22
    Vondrousova breaks; leads 3-2

    Vondrousova racks up three consecutive points. She has three break points now. She seals the break with a supreme passing shot, beating Svitolina’s forehand.

  • July 13, 2023 18:20
    Vondrousova makes it 2-2

    Svitolina goes almost around the net to score a terrific back-hand shot to make it 30-40.

    But Vondrousova puts in a strong first serve to finish off the game.

  • July 13, 2023 18:15
    Svitolina leads 2-1

    Long rally for the second point, until Vondrousova tries to go to Svitolina’s backhand and goes wide.

    Switolina reels in a couple more points and that is game.

  • July 13, 2023 18:12
    Vondrousova makes it level

    Vondrousova fires in a couple of aces to start with. Goes up 30-0.

    Misses her first serve next point and Svitolina takes a point back. But Vondrousova gets the next two points. Wins her first game.

  • July 13, 2023 18:10
    Svitolina wins the first game

    A lot of slices in the first game. Svitolina wraps it up without much struggle.

  • July 13, 2023 18:07
    Svitolina vs Vondrousova semifinal starts

    The first semifinal of the day begins with Svitolina taking on Vondrousova. The former is serving first up.

  • July 13, 2023 17:39
    Semifinal coming up
  • July 13, 2023 17:31
    Jabeur vs Sabalenka, semifinal preview

    Last year’s runner-up Ons Jabeur takes on World No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka in the semifinals of The Championships Wimbledon 2023 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) in London on Thursday.

    The match is scheduled to take place after the first semifinal between Elina Svitolina and Marketa Vondrousova on on Centre Court on the 11th day of this year’s edition.

    Sixth-seeded Tunisian Jabeur enters semifinals after two spectacular wins over players who had previously beaten her at the grass Major. She defeated two-time winner Petra Kvitova 6-0, 6-3 in the round of 16, avenging the first-round loss from 2019.

    However, her biggest win came in the quarterfinal against defending champion Elena Rybakina. The third-seeded Kazakh had beaten Jabeur in the 2022 final, stopping her from becoming the first-ever African woman to win a Major.

  • July 13, 2023 17:22
    Svitolina vs Vondrousova - Preview

    Ukrainian wildcard Elina Svitolina takes on unseeded Czech Marketa Vondrousova in the semifinals of The Championships Wimbledon 2023 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London on Thursday.

    The match is scheduled to be first of the three matches on Centre Court on the 11th day of this year’s edition.

    Former World No. 3 Svitolina has reached her first Wimbledon semifinal since 2019 after a giant-killing run. The Ukrainian, who came back to Tour-level tennis in Charleston after a year-long absence due to maternity leave, has knocked out four Major winners - Venus Williams (first round), Sofia Kenin (third round), Victoria Azarenka (round of 16) and Iga Swiatek (quarterfinals) at The Championships this year.

    The 28-year-old Svitolina particularly impressed during her last two matches. She showed great determination in outlasting Azarenka in the round of 16 before upsetting World No. 1 Iga Swiatek by continuously exposing the Pole’s forehand in the last-eight fixture.

  • July 13, 2023 17:16
    Turned anger of losing first set into focus: Jabeur after comeback Wimbledon win over Rybakina

    After letting last year’s Wimbledon final against Elena Rybakina slip through her fingers when she started to doubt her own tactics Ons Jabeur said sticking to the plan, even in adversity, was key to her revenge victory on Wednesday.

    The Tunisian sixth seed returned from losing the first set tiebreak to beat the world number three 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-1 to reach the semifinals. Unlike in her previous round victory over Petra Kvitova, she mostly eschewed her famed slice-and-dice approach and instead went toe to toe with one of the hardest hitters in the women’s game.

    She began to question the approach after losing the tiebreak but stood firm and eventually ran away with it as she took eight of the last nine games. “Sometimes someone like Elena pushes you to play different plans but I’m glad that I did stick to the one we agreed on,” Jabeur said.

  • July 13, 2023 17:00
    The Sabalenka Slice
  • July 13, 2023 16:58
    Order of Play

    Centre Court

    Women’s Singles semifinal: [WC] Elina Svitolina (UKR) vs Marketa Vondrousova (CZE)- 6 PM IST

    Women’s Singles semifinal: [2] Aryna Sabalenka vs [6] Ons Jabeur (TUN)

    Mixed Doubles final: [7] Mate Pavic (CRO)/Lyudmyla Kichenok (UKR) vs Joran Vliegen (BEL)/Yifan Xu (CHN)

    Court 1

    Men’s Doubles semifinal: [10] Kevin Krawietz (GER)/Tim Puetz (GER) vs [15] Marcel Granollers (ESP)/Horacio Zeballos (ARG) - 5:30 PM IST

    Men’s Doubles semifinal: [1] Wesley Koohlof (NED)/Neal Skupski (GBR) vs [6] Rohan Bopanna (IND)/Matthew Ebden (AUS)

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