Ons Jabeur Set To Make History Following Latest Win In Indian Wells - UBITENNIS
Connect with us

Latest news

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.



Ons Jabeur (image via https://twitter.com/BNPPARIBASOPEN)

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.

Latest news

Maria Sakkari sets up quarter final match against Caroline Garcia in Tokyo



This year’s Guadalajara Open champion Maria Sakkari beat Misaki Doi 6-3 6-1 in 65 minutes at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. Sakkari hit 25 winners and did not face a break point to extend her winning streak to six consecutive matches. Doi played her last match of her career. 


Sakkari paid tribute to Doi in the post-match interview. 

“I don’t want to talk about me today. It was an honour to play against Misaki in her last ever professional match. You deserve to enjoy life, enjoy yourself, have some fun. We know how tough the  tennis life is. So take some time, and I am sure you will find a way to find something special again in your life. You had an amazing career, so congratulations”, said Sakkari. 

Sakkari set up a match against Caroline Garcia, who beat Anhelina Kalinina 6-4 6-3. 

Garcia fired 29 winners, including 10 aces, and dropped just seven first serve points. The French player raced out to a 3-0 lead, but Kalinina pulled back on serve to draw level to 3-3 and held three break points, but Garcia saved them to hold serve to hold serve at deuce to take a 4-3 lead. Garcia earned a break in the 10th game to close out the first set 6-4. 

Garcia broke serve in the eighth game of the second set after Kalinina hit her drop shot. Garcia served out by holding serve at love with consecuve aces. 

Former Roland Garros semifinalist Daria Kasatkina beat Despina Papamichail 6-4 6-4 in 2 hours. Kasatkina went up a 4-1 lead with a double break in the second set. Papamichail pulled both breaks back to draw level to 4-4. Kasatkina won the final two games to seal the second set 6-4 setting up a quarter final match against Jessica Pegula. Two-time Tokyo semifinalist Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beat Linda Noskova 6-3 4-6 6-0 to reach the quarter final. 

Continue Reading

Latest news

Marcos Giron battled past Stan Wawrinka in Astana



Marcos Giron came back to beat Stan Wawrinka 6-7 (6-8) 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (10-8) in their first head-to-head match to reach the second round at the Astana Open. 


Both players went on serve and never faced a break point in the whole match. Giron earned an early mini-break to take a 5-4 lead in the tie-break of the third set. Wawrinka pulled back on serve to draw level to 5-5. Giron sealed the second mini-break to win the third set 8-6. The US player has won 20 tour-level matches this year. 

Giron set up a second round match against either Dominic Thiem or Juan Pablo Varillas. 

Frenchman Adrian Mannarino overcame his compatriot Arthur Rinderknech 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 to clinch his 33rd tour-level win of the season. Rinderknech earned an early break in the second game to take a 2-0 lead. Mannarino broke straight back to draw level to 2-2. Mannarino earned an early mini-break to open up a 4-2 lead. Rinderknech pulled back on serve for 3-4. Mannarino sealed the first set 7-4 with a second mini-break. Mannarino broke serve in the second and eighth game to close out the second set 6-3. 

Mannarino set up a second round match against Alibek Kachmazov, who beat Corentin Moutet 6-3 7-6 (7-5) in two hours and seven minutes. 

Jurij Rodionov came back from one set down to beat Gregoire Barrere 2-6 6-4 7-6 (7-5). Barrere earned two breaks in the second and eighth games to win the first set 6-2. Rodionov broke twice in the third and fifth games to race out to a 5-1 lead in the second set. Barrere pulled one break back in the eighth game and held his serve to claw his way back to 4-5, but Rodionov served out at 30 in the tenth game. Rodionov fended off two match points on serve at 4-5 in the third set before winning the tie-break 7-5 with a mini-break on the 12th point. Egor Gerasimov beat Bernabe Zapata Miralles 7-6 (7-5) 6-3. 

Continue Reading

Latest news

Daria Kasatkina Criticises Decision To Not Use Roof At Sweltering Pan Pacific Open



Image via WTA twitter

Daria Kasatkina has taken a swipe at organizers at the Toray Pan Pacific Open for not using the roof to cover their premier court on Thursday due to the heat. 


The Russian played her second round match against Despina Papamichail in temperatures around 30 degrees with the humidity making it feel even warmer. Kasatkina battled to a 6-4, 6-4, win after spending more than two hours on the court. She dropped serve four times in the match but managed to break Papamichail seven times en route to victory. 

Speaking on the court following his latest tour win, the world No.13 admitted that she struggled in the conditions and implied that she believed the roof should have been closed to shield the players from the sun. Tokyo, which is where the tournament is staged, has experienced a record-breaking number of ‘extremely hot’ days this year with their autumn season being warmer than usual. Something that some warn could be a more regular occurrence due to climate change.

“We cannot do much about it. We are using the ice towels and some supplements to keep you hydrated. By at the end, you cannot fight with something you cannot control,” Kasatkina commented on the conditions during her on-court interview.
“I think in these kinds of conditions, if you have a roof, better maybe to close it. If you have these opportunities, better to use it than to make players almost die on the field.” She added. 

Kasatkina is through to her seventh Tour quarter-final of the season. Awaiting her in the next round will be second seed Jessica Pegula who beat Spain’s Cristina Bucșa 6-1, 6-2, in her second round match on Wednesday. It will be only the second Tour meeting between the two players and their first on a hard court. 

Elsewhere in Tokyo, another player to reach the last eight in France’s Caroline Garcia who beat Anhelina Kahlinina 6-4, 6-3. Meanwhile, Anastasia Pavlychenkova defeated Czech Republic’s Linda Noskova 6-3, 4-6, 6-0. 

Continue Reading