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Paolini fights past Vekic at Wimbledon and reaches his second Grand Slam final

Paolini fights past Vekic at Wimbledon and reaches his second Grand Slam final
Paolini fights past Vekic at Wimbledon and reaches his second Grand Slam final

WIMBLEDON – No. 7 seed Jasmine Paolini became the first Italian woman to reach the Wimbledon final in the Open Era after fighting back from a set down and then twice from a break in the deciding set to defeat Donna Vekic 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(8) in 2 hours and 51 minutes.

The thrilling encounter on Centre Court was the longest women’s semi-final at Wimbledon ever. Paolini saved her first match point at 5-4 in the third set and her second at 6-5 before narrowly defeating Vekic in a thrilling super tiebreak in the third set. The result was her third win in four meetings with Vekic.

Paolini, who finished runner-up to Iga Swiatek at Roland Garros a month ago, immediately cemented that run with her second major final. The 28-year-old is the first player since Serena Williams in 2016 to reach both the French Open and Wimbledon finals in the same season. She is only the fifth player to achieve this feat in the last 25 years, after Stefanie Graf (1999), Serena Williams (2002, 2015, 2016), Venus Williams (2002) and Justine Henin (2006).

Having never won a tour match on grass before 2024, Paolini’s record on the surface is now 8-1. Her only loss came in the semifinals at Eastbourne two weeks ago against Daria Kasatkina. She is currently ranked 7th, her highest ever, and is guaranteed to break into the top 5 next week.

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