Ons Jabeur, who intervened last-minute on behalf of Emma Raducanu after the Britons tested positive for COVID-19 at the beginning of the week, beat Olympic gold medalist Belinda Bencic 3-6 6-4. did. [10-6] At the Mubadara World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.
I want to break the record, continue my journey and prove that I deserve to be in the top 10. I’m amazed at the reaction so far. I hope that what I am doing will help bring something. More Arab players will join the game. Ons Jabeur
The annual event, attended by eight world-leading athletes, six men and two women, has consistently UAE world-class entertainment since 2009 at the International Tennis Center in Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi. Brought to.
Jabber added more history by playing in the female headline match, which is the female part of the show, and becoming the first Arab to win.
Tunisia is a leading Arab tennis player and the first Arab woman to reach the quarterfinals at both the Australian Open and Wimbledon last year, winning her first WTA tour title in Birmingham.
The 10th place in the world, which reached the 7th place of the highest career this year, is the highest ranked Arab player in the history of tennis, both female and male.
But on Thursday, Bencic investigated to maintain an edge touch early in the match. Both players held the serve until the eighth game when the Swiss took their first break to take the lead of 5-3.
When Bencic made his first set, Jaber broke straight 4-5, while the Swiss finished 6-4 on his second break.
The Tunisians showed great heart to return to the fight, targeting Bencic’s backhand, taking a 5-0 lead in the second set.
While the Olympic champions counterattacked to claim the next three games, Jabber refused to be rejected and quickly defeated his opponent’s serve to level the match, causing a decisive tiebreaker. I brought in.
Jabber took the lead 4-0 with a breaker and scored his first match point 9-5. Bencic saved 3 match points and returned to 8-9, but the Tunisians declared victory on their fourth chance. When the Swiss hit her backhand for a long time.
The two players shared a friendly handshake and an online hug.
“Belinda surprised me with a few drop shots. She was stealing my lightning a bit,” said Jabber. “The crowd is great and the energy is perfect.
“It feels great. Belinda was playing tough and surprised me with a drop shot, so I’m glad I was able to get over it.
“It has always been a dream to play her in the Arab countries to represent Tunisia and the Arab world. A real privilege. And it’s great to win.
“We want to keep breaking records, continue our journey and prove that we deserve to be in the top 10,” added 27-year-old African No. 1.
“I’m amazed at the reaction I’m receiving. Hopefully what I’m doing can do something that helps bring more Arab players into the game.”
– Tennis Sports
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