Jasmine Paolini made it through to a maiden Wimbledon final after a stunning comeback victory against a tearful Donna Vekic on Centre Court.

Paolini had never won a match at the All England Club before this summer, but is one win away from lifting the Venus Rosewater Dish after a rollercoaster 2-6 6-4 7-6 (10-8) success.

Seventh seed Paolini lost the opener thanks to Vekic’s explosive hitting before she levelled up, but found herself 3-1 down in the third.

Even when the French Open runner-up broke back, Vekic immediately responded with a break of her own, but Paolini would not be denied and, as her opponent battled to hold back tears, the Italian held her nerve to win a thrilling tie-break to book her place in Saturday’s final.


Paolini is the second player in the Open Era to reach the women’s singles final at Wimbledon without a main draw win coming into that year’s event after Justine Henin in 2001

Paolini is the first Italian female player in the Open Era:

Wimbledon final

Grand Slam finals at different events (French Open and Wimbledon)

15 wins in the first three majors of the year

WTA finals on hard, clay and grass in a season

Paolini said: “She played unbelievable. She was hitting winners everywhere, I was a little bit struggling at the beginning but I was just repeating to myself to fight every ball and to improve a little bit.

“I am so happy with this win. This match, I will remember forever.

“There is no place better than here to fight and fight. I really enjoy playing in front of you guys. For a tennis player, it is the best match to play a place like this.

“I think it is not easy for the family to watch a match like this, it was a rollercoaster of emotions. I am so grateful they were here. They are supporting me forever. I am so thankful to have them here watching. Grazie!

“It is a dream. I was watching finals when I was a kid on this Wimbledon. I am just enjoying it and trying to live in the present, but the last months have been crazy for me.

“Now I am going to the ice bath to rest my legs because I am a little bit tired, but I am so happy to be in the final.”

At two hours and 51 minutes, the match was the longest women’s semi-final in Wimbledon history.

Women this century to reach French Open and Wimbledon finals back to back

Serena Williams (2002, 2015, 2016)

Venus Williams (2002)

Justine Henin (2006)

Jasmine Paolini (2024)

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