Ons Jabeur becomes the first Arab woman to enter Wimbledon Top 16 | Tennis News
The 26-year-old Tunisian defeated former champion Muguruza on Friday and will face the 2020 French Open champion Swatek next.
The pioneering Tunisian Ons Jabeur became the first Arab woman to reach the top 16 at Wimbledon.
The 26-year-old tennis player demonstrated her fighting qualities and wide range of shots on Friday, beating 2017 champion Gabin Muguru 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 in two hours and 26 minutes. Bar (Garbine Muguruza). .
Jabr will next face the 2020 French Open champion Iga Swatek.
In the second round, Jabr defeated the former world number one Venus Williams.
“Honestly, she is just breaking down barriers. The first woman from her country does whatever she is doing,” Williams said of Jabr. “She inspired many people, including me.”
-Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 2, 2021
Jabeur was very nervous when moving to two match points. She knelt down in the corner of the central court where the Duchess of Cambridge was sitting in the royal box, feeling unwell.
“I actually have a stomach problem,” she said at a press conference after the victory over Muguruza.
“I have inflammation. It has been going on for a while…it can be bothering me with stress, fatigue, everything. Sometimes when I drink water, the water doesn’t pass through. This is why I get sick.”
Muguruza saved the match point, but Jabeur didn’t make a mistake, she won the second and fell on her back to celebrate, standing and applauding again.
Physics rules do not apply to Ons this week. pic.twitter.com/jpg2knDnvO
— Photography by Jimmie48 (@JJlovesTennis) July 2, 2021
Since reaching the quarter-finals of the Australian Open in 2020, she has continued to grow. She has entered the French Open twice in the past 16 years and is now at Wimbledon.
This is another landmark performance by Jabr. She won the WTA Tour Championship on the grass in Birmingham last month and became the first Arab woman to win the WTA Tour Championship.
She said this was “the best day of her career”, and the significance of this to the Arab world is huge.
“It means a lot,” she said. “Especially so many Arabs look at me and support me. I have received a lot of news from different people… It’s great. But I don’t want the journey to stop there. I want it to continue.
“I mean, I hope that no matter who is watching, I hope that so many young generations are watching, I can inspire them. I hope that one day I can play with many players around me.”