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Ons Jabeur Reaches Maiden Wimbledon Final With Historic Win

The world No.2 has set a new milestone as a result of her roller-coaster semi-final win at The All England Club on Thursday.



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Ons Jabeur has become the first African woman in the Open Era to reach the final of a major event after knocking out unseeded German Tatjana Maria at Wimbledon. 


The second seed overcame a mid-match blip as she battled to a 6-2, 3-6, 6-1, victory at The All England Club in what is a milestone achievement for her continent. Jabeur has now won 11 matches in a row on the grass and is the first woman to reach double digits since Maria Sharapova (2004-2005). According to the WTA, she is the 11th player to reach their first Wimbledon final after turning 27.

“I really don’t know what to say, it’s a dream coming true following years and years of work and sacrifice,” said Jabeur.
“I’m really happy that it’s paying off and I will continue for one more match.”

In what was the first Tour meeting between the two since 2018, Jabeur started to apply the pressure from the onset. Forcing Maria to battle her way through a tense eight-minute opening service game. It wasn’t long before the Tunisian secured his first breakthrough which occurred in the third game. A slice shot from Maria on break point crashed into the net to hand Jabeur her first break. Prompting her to clench her fist in delight. She then worked her way to a double break with the help of more errors from her rival before closing the set out with a love service game. 

Maria did manage to hit back in the second frame during what has been a remarkable tournament for her. The 34-year-old had never gone beyond the third round of major until this event and is the first mother-of-two to reach the last four since Margaret court did so back in 1975. She worked her way to a 4-1 lead after back-to-back Jabeur errors gifted her a break.  The unexpected momentum change continued with the world No.103 going on to level the match. Doing so with the help of a failed drop shot from Jabeur on set point. 

Despite her blip, the second seed came out fighting in the decider. Hitting a blistering forehand passing shot she clinched the vital break to restore her stronghold in the match. From then onwards she cruised to victory with relative ease. Until Jabeur’s triumph an African woman had never reached a Grand Slam final since since 1959 which was almost a decade before the Open Era began. 

“I’m a proud Tunisian woman standing here today and everybody at home is probably going crazy right now,” she said. “I just try to inspire as much as I can. I want to see more Arab and African players on the tour. I just love the game and I want to share this experience with them.”

In the immediate aftermath of her victory, Jabeur had a heartwarming conversation with Maria at the net.  The two are friends on the Tour and know each other well.

“I think it was more difficult running after her balls (then playing her). She killed me. She will have to do a BBQ for me now to make up for all the running she has made me do on the court,” Jabeur jokes.
“I definitely wanted to share this moment with her at the end because she is such an inspiration for many players, including me. Coming back after having two babies..I still can’t believe how she did it.”

I hope she continues this way. I love seeing tatjana on the court.”

Wimbledon is the fifth tournament where she has reached the final this year and her second on the grass.  

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Hamad Medjedovic wins the Next Gen Finals title in Jeddah



Hamad Medjedovic came back from one set down to beat Arthur Fils 3-4 (6-8) 4-1 4-2 3-4 (9-11) 4-1 after 2 hours and 11 minutes at the Next Gen ATP Finals at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah. 


Medjedovic hit 38 winners to 21 unforced errors. 

The first set went on serve en route to the tie-break. Medjedovic earned a mini-break to take a 3-2 lead and held two set points at 6-4, but he was not able to convert them. Fils won four consecutive points to win the tie-break 8-6. 

Medjedovic earned a break in the second game to win the second set 4-1. 

Medjedovic becomes the sixth Next Gen ATP Finals champion, joining top 10 players Stefanos Tsitsipas, Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz. The 20-year-old Serbian player is the lowest-ranked champion in tournament history. 

Medjedovic started the third set with an early break in the first game. The Serbian player held on his serve to seal the set 4-2. 

Medjedovic recovered from squandering two match points at 6-4 in a thrilling tie-break of the fourth set at 5-6 and 7-8. Fils saved both chances on second serves and won four of the next five points to win the tie-break 11-9 forcing the match to a deciding set. 

to win the first five-set final in tournament history. The Serbian player won 88% and converted his third match point to clinch the biggest title of his career so far. 

Medjedovic earned a break in the second game of the fifth set. Fils earned himself a penalty point for a smash of his raquet and went down 0-3. Medjedovic held on his next service games and converted his third match point. 

“Two of us from Serbia. Djokovic won the big Masters, the real one, and I won the Next Gen. Obviously it’s a huge thing and I am happy to follow in his footsteps in some way. I can’t believe I have won this title. It’s going to give me a lot of confidence for 2024. Arthur is an amazing player. He is top 40 for a reason”, said Medjedovic. 

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Elena Rybakina headlines a strong line-up in Adelaide



Elena Rybakina, Zheng Qinwen, Carolina Garcia and Angelique Kerber will highlight the Adelaide International, a WTA 500 tournament.


Rybakina reached the final at the Adelaide International on her tournament debut in 2022, losing to now retired Ashleigh Barty. Rybakina went on to win her first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon later last year. The Kazakh player finished runner-up to Aryna Sabalenka in the Australian Open final in 2023. 

Zheng won her first WTA 500 title in Zhengzhou and reached the final in Zhuhai, ending the 2023 season at a career-high of world number 15. 

Angelique Kerber will make her come-back to the WTA Tour at the United Cup before playing her first WTA draw in Adelaide. Kerber gave birth to her daughter Liana last February. The German player won titles at the 2016 Australian Open and in Sydney 2018 and reached in Sydney 2014 and in Brisbane 2018. 

Kerber is one of the three former number 1 players, who are making her come-back on the WTA Tour after giving birth to their children. 

Caroline Wozniacki lost to eventual champion Coco Gauff in the Round of 16 at the US Open in her third tournament back. 

Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka is planning to make her return next January after giving back to her child Shai last July. 

“It’s definitely way more tournaments than I used to play. So I think some people will be happy with that. I realized that I don’t know how the beginning of the year is going to go for me. I don’t know the level of player and I think I have to ease into it. At the very least, I will set myself up for a very good end of the year”, said Osaka.

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Arthur Fils beats Luca Van Assche in all-French semifinal at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Jeddah



World number 36 Arthur Fils beat his friend Luca Van Assche 2-4 4-1 4-3 (7-1) 4-3 (8-6) in an all-French clash after 1 hour and 37 minutes to reach the final at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Jeddah. 


Van Assche, who was born in Belgium but moved to Belgium when he was three years old, broke serve in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead and served out the first set to 15. Van Assche won 12 of the last 14 points. 

Fils hit a couple of big forehands to earn three break points at 2-1 15-40. Van Assche saved one break point with a volley, but Fils converted his second chance to open up a 3-1 lead, as Van Assche netted a backhand. Fils served out with a hold at 15 to level the match at one set apiece. 

The first five games of the third set went on serve. Van Assche led 2-3 30-40 on Fils’serve to earn two set points. 

Fils saved them before racing out to a 5-0 lead. Van Assche won his first point with a forehand. Fils earned five set points and closed it out when Van Assche netted a backhand. 

Fils won 22 consecutive points on his first serve until 2-1 in the fourth set. Van Assche faced a match point at 2-3, but Van Assche saved it to force another tie-break. Fils opened up a 4-1 with a mini-break. Van Assche won three points to 4-4 before saving two match points at 4-6 and 5-6. Fils hit a forehand to earn a fourth match point and converted it when Van Assche sent a backhand over the baseline. 

Van Assche beat Fils in the boys’ singles final at 2021 Roland Garros. Fils won his first title in Lyon last May. 

“I played every point trying everything with my forehand, moving very good. I was very happy with the tie-break. Today was a tough match against a great friend. We have known each other since we were nine, so it was a little bit tough and I am happy with the win. I came onto the court with the mindset that I can win. The first set was tough, he was playing very good and defending so well, running very fast. I kept my focus and I am really happy with the win”, said Fils. 

Fils set up a final clash against Hamad Medjedovic, who advanced to the championships match, when Dominic Stricker was forced to withdraw in the second set due to a back injury in the semifinal. 

Medjedovic was leading 4-3 (7-5) 2-1 when Stricker walked to the net and ended the match. 

Medjedovic hit 12 winners to 3 unforced errors. The Serbian player won three matches in the round-robin group. 

Medjedovic won 93% of his first serve points in the first set. Stricker did not drop a point on his first serve. Medjedovic earned his only mini-break to seal the tie-break 7-5. 

Medjedovic earned an early break in the third game of the second set to take a 2-1 lead before Stricker retired from the match. 

Medjedovic reached two semifinals in Gstaad and Astana. He is coached by Viktor Troicki. Stricker advanced to the semifinals at the 2022 Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan. 

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