Wimbledon: Predictions for who wins the women’s semifinals

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The 2023 Wimbledon women’s semifinals are on Thursday. Here is a guess at who wins when Marketa Vondrousova plays Elina Svitolina and Ons Jabeur plays Aryna Sabalenka.

Oh, the storylines of this year’s Wimbledon! They are prevalent on both the women’s and men’s sides. The men play their semifinal matches on Friday so Thursday makes for must-watch TV on the women’s side.

In one match people will see Elina Svitolina, once ranked as high as number three in the world, versus Marketa Vondrousova, who has one singles title in her career and that was in 2017. Both players came into Wimbledon unseeded. In the other match, you can see sixth-seed Ons Jabeur against second-seed Aryna Sabalenka. So who will win and move on to Saturday’s finals?

Predictions for the 2023 Wimbledon women’s semifinals

Elina Svitolina versus Marketa Vondrousova

Svitolina has a lot to play for beyond just herself. It would be important if she were to win Wimbledon for her home country, Ukraine. Svitolina would also be just the second woman to win Wimbledon after having a child. She had her daughter Skai just last October. But no matter what she’s done or where she’s from, Svitolina is playing lights-out tennis while serving well and moving around the grass perfectly.

Vondrousova hasn’t made a final in any WTA tournament since 2019 when she made three, one of them being the French Open. She was a finalist at the Olympics in 2021, however. She was also ranked as high as 14 in 2019 and she is currently ranked 42nd. But her lefty serve and uncommonly calm composure have worked well in this tournament.

Winner: Svitolina in three sets

Ons Jabeur versus Aryna Sabalenka

Talk about a lot to play for, if Sabalenka beats Jabeur and makes it to the Wimbledon final, she will take over the number-one ranking on the WTA tour. Sabalenka also leads the head-to-head against Jabeur 3-1. And Sabalenka has been on a roll in 2023 making all three Grand Slam semifinals so far this year (the first woman since Serena Williams in 2016 to do so) and she won the Australian Open.

But Jabeur is a beast on grass courts. She was in the finals of last year’s Wimbledon and would be the first woman (since, you got it, Serena in 2019) to get to back-to-back finals. She lost last year to Elena Rybakina who Jabeur dispatched in this year’s quarterfinals. She’s got a versatile game that gives opponents fits.

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Winner: Jabeur in three sets