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Monday, December 05, 2022

Ons Jabur reaches Wimbledon’s first Grand Slam final

Tunisia’s Ons Jabur is the first Arab and the first African woman to reach the Wimbledon final.

Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur sparked excitement across the continent by becoming the first Arab and first African woman to reach a Wimbledon final with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 win over Tatjana Maria.

Before she took to the court on Thursday, American great Billie Jean King said Jaboor was “using tennis as a platform to help Tunisia, help Africa and help the Arabs” and The 27-year-old did exactly that as he finally ended the remarkable run. Mum-of-two Maria’s.

Maria, 34, was forced to save three break points in the opening game, but was unable to lengthen the resistance as she dropped serve in the third and seventh games before Jabeur sealed the opening set. , when the German had long hit the backhand.

However, 103rd-ranked Maria refused to give victory at the plate to an opponent she calls “the family”, as she broke through to a 3–1 lead in the second and equalized that advantage when she was seeded third. But took it. Backhand in the net.

But Jabeur lived up to her world number two billing to eventually run away with the third set and made a final appearance with either Romania’s 16th-seeded 2019 champion Simona Halep or Russia-born Kazakh 17th-seeded Elena Rybkina.

“I am a proud Tunisian woman standing here,” Jabur said.

“It is like a dream come true with years of work and sacrifice. I am glad it paid off and I will continue with one more match,” said Jaboor.

“Physically, Tatjana is a beast, she doesn’t give up, I thought she would give up – her touch, her serve and everything on the court is impressive. I hope she continues like that. Let’s not do it again.” Play, I’m good for now.

“I know in Tunisia they are going crazy right now. I want to see more Arab and African players on tour. I love the game and I want to share the experience with them.”

Before Thursday, South African Irene Bouder Peacock at the 1927 French Open, and Renee Schurman at the 1959 Australian Open, were the only African women to reach a Slam final.

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