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Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur Reaches French Open Quarterfinal for the First Time
In a stunning display of power and finesse, Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur secured her place in the quarter-finals of the 2023 French Open with a commanding victory over American Bernarda Pera. This marks her first time reaching this stage at Roland Garros.
Journey to Victory
Jabeur has been on an incredible run throughout this year’s tournament, having already reached both the Wimbledon and US Open finals last year. Despite losing in the first round at Roland Garros last year, she has shown that she is a force to be reckoned with by reaching the quarter-finals in all four Grand Slam events.
Playing against World number 36 Pera on Court Philippe Chatrier was no easy feat, but Jabeur managed to maintain her composure even when things got tough. The Tunisian broke three times in the first set and once more at the start of the second set before racing through six straight games to seal victory after just 63 minutes of play.
The Road Ahead
Jabeur will now face Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia in what promises to be another exciting match-up. After coming back from a set down, Haddad Maia won an epic encounter against Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo which lasted three hours and 51 minutes – making it one of the longest matches on WTA Tour this year.
Sorribes Tormo had gained a walkover win in Round 3 when Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina had to withdraw because of illness, but Haddad Maia was determined to fight until the very end. She missed three match points in the ninth game of the deciding set and then served for the match before being broken to make it 5-5. However, she rallied back and won the next two games to complete a hard-fought victory.
Jabeur’s impressive performance at this year’s French Open is a testament to her skill and determination as an athlete. As she prepares for her quarterfinal clash against Haddad Maia, fans around the world are eagerly anticipating yet another thrilling showdown on one of tennis’ biggest stages.
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