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Ons Jabeur Set To Make History Following Latest Win In Indian Wells

The 27-year-old Tunisian has rewritten the history books during what is a breakout year for her.

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After achieving various milestones for Arab tennis throughout her career, Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur is set to break another record following her fourth round triumph over Anna Kalinskaya at the BNP Paribas Open.

The 12th seed stormed to a 6-2, 6-2, win over her Russian opponent in just under 80 minutes in what is only her third main draw appearance at the tournament. Against Kalinskaya, Jabeur won 83% of her first service points and broke her opponent four times overall. She has now won 47 matches on the WTA Tour this season which is more than any other player.

“She’s an unbelievable player,” Jabeur said of her opponent in her on-court interview. “She’s everywhere, she gets every ball, so I had to use each angle from the court. The drop shot helps, the slices—my forehand was really good today.
“I’m really happy with my performance.”

As a result of her latest victory, the 27-year-old will make her top 10 debut in the world rankings next week which will be a historic moment for Arab tennis. Jabeur will become the first player from the region – male or female – to break into the top 10. She already held the record as the highest ranked Arab player of all time at 14th along with Morocco’s Younes El Aynaoui who reached that position twice in 2003 and 2004.

“I mean, it’s a dream coming true,” Tennis Now quoted the Tunisian as saying on Tuesday night. “It’s something that I’ve been waiting for for a long time.”
“Obviously I didn’t get the breakthrough just after the juniors, which is completely okay with me. “It wasn’t at the beginning, to be honest. But the way it is, I took my time, I had to understand better the tour. It’s not easy coming and playing like I’m playing right now.” She added.

Jabeur is enjoying a breakthrough season where she won her maiden WTA title at the Birmingham Open. Becoming the first Arab woman in history to do so. She has also reached the final of the Chicago Open and the Charleston Open, as well as the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.

“I am happy that it’s finally there,” she said. “It’s been my goal, I said it from the beginning of the season, that I want to be top 10. There are so many things that I want to improve, and I am still improving. This is just the beginning of so many great things. I know I am reaching my goals right now, but I feel there is a lot of hard work that I need to do still.”

As one of only four top 20 seeds remaining in the women’s draw in Indian Wells this year, Jabeur will play Anette Kontaveit in the last eight. Kontaveit thrashed Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-0, 6-2, in her fourth round match and has already won two titles since August.

Jabeur leads her Estonian rival 2-1 in their head-to-head and won their most recent meeting in Cincinnati earlier this year.

“Expecting a very tough match. Last time we played was in Cincinnati, but now I feel like Anett is a different player, more confident right now. She’s playing unbelievable. I watched her when she won the title in Ostrava. I will have to play my game. I will have to change up the rhythm,” she commented on her upcoming match.

Jabeur is the second-highest ranked player remaining in the draw after 10th seed Angelique Kerber. A player she could face in the semi-finals should both progress to that stage.

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Jelena Ostapenko beats Greer Minnen to reach the second round at Eastbourne

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Number 6 seed Jelena Ostapenko beat Belgian qualifier Greet Minnen 7-6 (7-3) 6-1 after 1 hour and 29 minutes to secure a spot in the second round at the Rothesay international in Eastbourne. 

Ostapenko won the Eastbourne title in 2021 and reached the 2022 final before losing to Petra Kvitova. 

Minnen led by a break three times and served for the set at 5-4 and 6-5 but Ostapenko pulled back on serve each time. 

Ostapenko fired a backhand crosscourt winner to earn three set points at 6-3 in the tie-break. The Latvian player converted his first chance with a forehand return winner. 

Both players traded breaks in the first two games of the second set. Ostapenko earned a second break in the third game, but she took an off court medical time-out after a fall at 3-1 in the second set. 

Ostapenko recovered by winning four consecutive games with two breaks to win the second set 6-1. 

“Grass is a great surface, but sometimes it can be slippery and really tricky. So I took the medical time-out just to make sure I am fine”, said Ostapenko.  

 “I think the surface suits me really well. The first I played on grass, I was like: ‘How can we play tennis on this surface ? I don’t understand what’s happening here, but then every year was better and better”, said Ostapenko. 

British wild card Harriet Dart battled past former Wimbledon quarter finalist Marie Bouzhkova 7-5 6-7 (7-9) 6-4 after 3 hours and 29 minutes in the third-longest match on the WTA Tour this year. 

Bouzhkova broke twice in the third and fifth games to open up a 4-1 lead, but Dart won six of the next seven games with three breaks of serve to win the first set 7-5. 

Dart fought back from 1-4 down to force a tie-break with two breaks of serve in the sixth and eighth games. The British player never held a match point in the second set. Bouzhkova converted her fourth set point to seal the tie-break 9-7 after a 88-minute second set. 

After a trade of breaks at the start of the third set, Dart earned a decisive break in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. The British wild card saved a break point at 4-3 en route to the win. 

Dart was scheduled to face 2022 Wimbeldon champion Elena Rybakina, but the Kazakh player withdrew from the tournament on Monday due to a change of schedule. Dart will face wild card Sofia Kenin, who won the Australian Open title and reached the final at Roland Garros in 2020.  

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(VIDEO) What A Weekend For Italian Tennis!

Ubitennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta looks back on this week’s action on the ATP Tour.

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Jannik Sinner – ATP Halle 2024 (foto via Twitter @atptour)

It has been a memorable Sunday for Italian tennis with the country winning two titles on the ATP Tour. 

In Halle, world No.1 Jannik Sinner claimed his first trophy on the grass with a hard-fought two-set win over Hubert Hurkacz. There was also success in the doubles tournament with top seeds Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori winning the title. Meanwhile, in London, Lorenzo Musetti was unable to make it a hatrick of wins for his country after losing in the final of the Cinch Championships to Tommy Paul.  

So how much can be read into these wins and should we be expecting similar results at Wimbledon which begins a week tomorrow? 

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Jannik Sinner reaches the first grass final of his career in Halle

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Jannik Sinner overcame Zhang Zhizhen 6-4 7-6 (7-3) to reach the first final of his career on grass at the Terra Wortmann in Halle. Sinner achieved his best result on this surface when he reached the semifinal at Wimbledon in 2023. 

Sinner will face a final against his friend Hubert Hurkacz, who beat Alexander Zverev 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 in the first semifinal. The Italian player converted his only break point in the ninth game and fended off the only break point he faced at 5-6 in the second set with a forehand winner, one of his winners of the match. 

The Italian player earned an early mini-break to take a 2-0 lead. Zhang Zhizhen pulled the mini-break back. Sinner earned two mini-breaks in the fourth and eighth points to win the tie-break 7-3. Sinner won the first of the four tie-breaks he played this week.

Sinner finished the match in straight sets after clinching three consecutive three-set wins at the start of his campaign at this year’s edition of the Terra Wortmann in Halle. 

The world number 1 player won three titles on hard court at the Australian Open, Rotterdam and Miami this year. 

“It means a lot. I had four tough matches to go to the final. It was a good match today. Definitely more rallies than yesterday. And that’s definitely what I needed today. I am happy and let’s see what’s coming tomorrow”, said Sinner.  

Earlier this week Zhang Zhizhen had previously beaten Danil Medvedev in the second round and came back from 2-5 down to beat Christopher Eubanks in the quarter finals. 

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