Tunisian star Ons Jabeur will look to make history this afternoon by becoming the first Arab woman to reach the final of a Grand Slam. The 27-year-
Tunisian star Ons Jabeur will look to make history this afternoon by becoming the first Arab woman to reach the final of a Grand Slam. The 27-year-old takes on German Tatjana Maria in a Wimbledon semi-final clash on Centre Court attempting to progress to take on either Simon Halep or Elena Rybakina in her pursuit of winning a maiden Major title.
Jabeur and Maria are good friends off the court, and writing in her column for the BBC Jabeur expressed her excitement ahead of the match-up. “I have known Tatjana for a long, long time and we are barbecue buddies too,” she said. “She is one of the nicest people on the WTA Tour without a doubt.
“I actually texted Tatjana after her quarter win over Jule Niemeier, which finished shortly before my match against Marie Bouzkova, and told her I’m happy for her. But I didn’t say “I hope to play you” because I didn’t want to predict that and then tempt fate.
“Usually I don’t look at the draws at tournaments but it was after the quarters, when Tatjana beat Jelena Ostapenko, that I first started to realise there was a big chance I could play her in the semi-finals. It is going to be a great match!”
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