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Anas Jaber eliminates Halep and reaches the semi-finals of the Madrid tournament

Anas Jaber eliminates Halep and reaches the semi-finals of the Madrid tournament

Tunisian Anas Jaber, ranked tenth in the world, reached the semi-finals of the Madrid 1,000th tennis tournament on clay, by defeating Romanian Simona Halep on Wednesday 6-3 6-2.

Jaber (27 years old), the first Arab woman to enter the list of the top ten in the world, succeeded in eliminating Halep, the two-time title holder in 2016 and 2017, and previously ranked first in the world.

This is the first time this year that Jaber has reached the semi-finals of one of the thousand and second championships in her career after Indian Wells last fall.

Jaber, the top seed remaining in the tournament, will meet in the semi-finals, the winner between American Amanda Anisimova and Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova.

Jaber said after her victory, “Playing against Simona is never easy, she is a great champion, she was ranked first in the world, crowned in major tournaments.”

“I was fiercer this time, and physically better on the field,” continued the player, who suffered a back injury at the beginning of the year. My near net balls helped me out today. I am happy with my style today, and I hope to continue at this level.”

It is the 31st victory for Jaber in Madrid, standing one victory away from the equation of the Czech number Petra Kvitova.

The Tunisian is still looking for her second title after winning the Birmingham English tournament on grass last year, when she became the first Arab player to win a title in the WTA tournaments.

The fourth meeting between Jaber and Halep (21 globally), but the first on clay courts, the Tunisian tied 2-2.

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Jaber had avenged Swiss Belinda Bencic and eliminated her from the previous round, after she fell to her last month in the Charleston final.