Tunisian tennis player Ons Jabeur had always lost to top seed Elina Svitolina, but things changed at the Chicago Falls Tennis Classic when for the first time, Ons outplayed Elina. Elina was taken by surprise at the new changed form of Ons Jabeur. When the match began, it was going as expected from the duo’s previous clashes. Ons was trailing behind Elina 1-4 before channelled all her energy into the game and beat Elina 6-4 and 6-2. The Tunisian star, currently enjoying one of her career highs later commented that they learned from her failures and improved her game.
The duo clashed for the last timet at Dubai in 2019. Ons Jabeur went home empty handed with a score of 0-3.
“I’m glad that I’m learning from my losses against her or against any other player. The most important thing is the hard work through the years. I’m a different player right now.”
It is the 43rd match that Ons Jabeur has won this year. She is tied with Aryna Sabalenka for winning the most marchers during the WTA tour.
Ons has played several matches over her career. During such tournaments it is critical to be level headed and not panic. Over-stressing dampens the player’s fighting spirit and negatively impacts the game. Ons has learned to manage her stress and to make use of all the opportunities that come her way.
“I have played a lot of matches, I have much more experience, and to manage the stress, to manage the fact that I had opportunities, it’s amazing to see that it’s paying off.”
Ons Jabeur is the first Arab woman to qualify and play Elena Rybakina
In the semifinals match, Ons Jabeur will be facing Elena Rybakina. Ons made history this year in Birmingham, England after she become the first Arab tournament winner at the WTA. Her goals and dreams are not very modest. She plans claim the trophy in Chicago and make the WTA finals in Guadalajara, Mexico.
“Knowing I can be the first Arab to qualify, it’s really unbelievable, you know, and it’s more stress on me.”