Jabeur of Tunisia to Become First Arab Player to Crack Top 10

by | Oct 15, 2021 | Sports | 0 comments

Ons Jabeur – Photo Credit: Flickr

Ons Jabeur will become the first Arab player to crack the top 10 of the world rankings after reaching the Indian Wells semi-finals. The 27-year old Tunisian said that she is just getting started. 

Jabeur is currently ranked 14th and she reached the final of the Chicago Fall Tennis Classic earlier this month. She became the first Arab player to win a WTA title at the Birmingham Classic in June.

She defeated Anett Kontaveit of Estonia 7-5 6-3 during Thursday’s quarter-final in the California desert and converted five of her 12 break-point chances on the way to her 48th match win of the season. It was the most of any player on the Tour this season.

“Like this is a dream coming true. This is something that I’ve been wanting… when I was 16,” said Jabeur. “Top 10 is the beginning. I know I deserve this place for a long time since I was playing well. But I want to prove that I deserve to be here.”

“I’ve been rejected by sponsors because of where I come from, which is so not fair,” said the professional tennis player. “I didn’t understand why before, I accepted it. I am really proud of the person I became today, just not relying on others.”

Everybody probably had a difficult career. I’m not saying I have the most difficult one, said Jabeur. “I didn’t want to depend on a sponsor or someone who doesn’t even care about tennis or sport in general. It gave me the courage to continue and achieve my goals, and I’m in top 10 today.”