SAN JOSÉ, CA (July 7, 2022) – The Wimbledon Ladies Singles Final will feature two 2022 Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic entries as Ons Jabeur and Elena Rybakina will take the famed Center Court on Saturday looking to claim their first Grand Slam title.
Jabeur, the No. 2 ranked player in the world, defeated unseeded Tatjana Maria 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 to become the first Arab tennis player to advance to a Grand Slam singles final.
The groundbreaking Tunisian star continues to take the tennis world by storm. In 2021 she captured the singles title at the Birmingham Classic becoming the first Arab woman to win a WTA title. In 2020 she became the first Arab woman to advance to a Grand Slam quarterfinal at the Australian Open. Last season she broke into the top-10 of the WTA singles rankings becoming the first Arab player, man or woman, to achieve a top-10 ranking. Jabeur has already won two titles this season.
Rybakina, seeded 17th, defeated two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep 6-3, 6-3 to become the first player from Kazakhstan to advance to the Wimbledon final. Prior her current run in London, the two-time winner on the WTA tour had reached only one Grand Slam quarterfinal at Roland Garros in 2021.
Saturday will mark the fourth meeting between the two with Jabeur holding a 2-1 advantage.
Tickets for the 2022 Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic are available now. Get your tickets today for this historic Bay Area event and see many of the world's best tennis players as they return to San José State University, August 1-7, 2022.
Opening round tickets start at only $20. Weeklong and Finals Weekend ticket packages are also available at www.MubadalaSVC.com. Secure your tickets today and help celebrate the best in women's tennis as many of the world's most talented players compete for one of the oldest and most prestigious titles on the Hologic WTA tour.
The event also has many hospitality options, including private entertainment areas for corporate events, premier seating options, and tennis clinics.
The 2022 Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic player field is the strongest since 1984 with seven top-10 players are among the 20 players on the official tournament entry list.
The list of top-10 ranked entries includes Jabeur, No. 4 Paula Badosa, No. 5 Maria Sakkari, No.6 Aryna Sabalenka, No. 7 Karolina Pliskova, No. 8 Danielle Collins, and No. 10 Garbiñe Muguruza. The seven top-10 players are the most since 1984 when the event hosted eight top-10 players.
The impressive group of players also includes Rybakina, 2022 Roland Garros finalist Coco Gauff, 2017 Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic champion Madison Keys, and World No. 25 Amanda Anisimova. The tournament has also issued a wildcard to 2019 US Open Champion Bianca Andreescu.
The 2022 tournament will be one of the most competitive in the event’s history with 19 of the 21 players having won at least one WTA singles title. Overall, the field has combined to win 81 career singles titles. Six of the players have already won titles this year.
Other players to watch include 2021 Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic finalist Daria Kasatkina, two-time winner on tour this year Beatriz Haddad Maria, and Frenchwoman Alize Cornet. Cornet pulled off one of the year’s biggest upsets at Wimbledon defeating World No. 1 Iga Swiatek and snapping her 37-match win streak.
The remainder of the 28-player draw will be completed with four tournament qualifiers and three additional wildcards.
The Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic has a rich history as a groundbreaking event. Co-founded by the legendary sportswoman, visionary, and activist Billie Jean King, the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic was the first event of the historic 1971 women's professional tennis tour, a precursor to the WTA.
Created for women by women, the tournament’s list of past champions reads like a who's who of tennis legends including Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Andrea Jaeger, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Venus Williams, and Kim Clijsters.
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