Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur creates history, wins WTA 1000 event

  • Teenager defeats Nadal, Djokovic to reach final

Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur has created history by becoming the first African in the Madrid Open to win the WTA 1000 event.

The highest-ranking African tennis player though trailed her opponent in the early hour of the game recovered to win 7-5 0-6 6-2 against American Jessica Pegula.

Jabeur, with this win, which is her biggest in history, becomes her second major career achievement following her first in Birmingham last year.

The win by 27 years old Jabeur, will see the world number 10 rise in the WTA world ranking to number 7 next week when the new ranking will be released.

Meanwhile, a promising tennis teenager, Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz has shocked the world by dismantling an assemblage of tennis oracles to reach the finals of the Madrid Open.

Alcatraz in successive wins, saw off world number 4 Rafael Nadal and world number 1 Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinal and semifinal respectively, to send a strong signal to defending champion German Alexander Zverev ahead of Sunday’s final.

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The 21 years old Spaniard, becomes the first tennis player in history to defeat a 21 Grand Slam holder and 20 Grand Slam winner in succession on clay court.

However, Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur is the only Arab player that has broken into the WTA top 10 ranking in history.

The youngest-ever finalist in the Madrid Open, Alcaraz, stressed that the wins against the tennis demigods reposed his confidence ahead of the final.

He said, “This gives me a lot of confidence to play the final.

“I know that I played a really good game, and for the rest of the season I think I can play against the best players in the world and beat them as well, so it gives me a lot of confidence,” Alcaraz bragged.

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