Wimbledon – Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal announced Thursday that he is pulling out of Wimbledon due to an abdominal injury. In a press conference, Nadal confirmed that he is quitting the tournament due to a tear in his abdomen. He suffered the injury during his quarterfinal match against American Taylor Fritz. He won the game in five sets but he was visibly in pain. Nadal practiced on Thursday but later on, he decided to pull out of his semifinal showdown against Australian Nick Kyrgios. A Spanish sports daily said that the 22-time Grand Slam champion had a “seven-millimeter” tear in his abdomen. He was intended to play in pain against Kyrgios. Still, Nadal decided at the last minute to pull out to avoid further injury.
The Effect of Nadal’s Decision on Wimbledon
The decision stunned the tennis world. They are looking forward to another Novak Djokovic-Rafael Nadal men’s singles final epic at Wimbledon. This will also affect people who are betting on Wimbledon tennis matches and bought in on a Nadal victory in the semifinals against Kyrgios. Sudden pullouts like this suck especially when the player withdrawing is one of the favorites to win the title. In this case, it’s the 22-time Grand Slam winner.
The development favors his semifinal foe Kyrgios as he earned the ticket to the final without breaking a sweat. He now awaits the winner in the other semifinal between Djokovic and British ninth seed Cameron Norrie. The Australian now has a 50-50 chance of winning his first Grand Slam title. He will be fresher coming into the final. Now everyone in the sports betting world are hoping for Nadal’s full and immediate recovery. After the last ‘Slam of the year, the US Open is seven weeks away.
Djokovic Eyes 21st Grand Slam
The sudden withdrawal of his longtime foe now places the Serbian top seed. The odds-on favorite to win his seventh Wimbledon title and 21st Grand Slam overall. Although he has to hurdle Norrie first in the last four before setting his sights on Kyrgios, the 35-year-old will have the “lesser evil” in the Australian in the final. However, the catch is, Djokovic has not won in two meetings against Kyrgios so expect a determined Serbian in the final as he will be all-out to beat the flamboyant Aussie if he beats Norrie, who has not progressed in the third round until now, in the second semifinal.
Jabeur, Rybakina to Meet in Wimbledon Women’s Singles Final
The Wimbledon women’s singles final will have two first-timers going at it for their maiden Grand Slam title. Tunisian Ons Jabeur arranged a meeting with Elena Rybakina as they both aced their semifinal assignments on Thursday. The world number two Jabeur outplayed close friend Tatjana Maria, 6-2 3-6 6-1, while Rybakina knocked out 2019 winner Simona Halep, 6-3 6-3. Rybakina used her power to overwhelm Halep as she broke the Romanian’s serve four times en route to a dominant victory. Jabeur, on the other hand, had an easy first set, breaking Maria in the third and seventh games. However, the German netter woke up in the second and broke the Tunisian in the fourth game for a 3-1 edge.
She also forced Jabeur to commit 17 unforced errors in the second set to set up a decider. The third set was all Jabeur as he raced to a 5-0 advantage before securing her spot in history on a second match point. Tennis oddsmakers would likely go for Jabeur in the final but Rybakina’s power and precision could bring some swerves and shifts in betting for the Wimbledon women’s singles winner. Both of them are first-time Grand Slam finalists so expect some butterflies on their stomachs in the first few games before both loosen up and bring out their A-game and make the match more exciting.