For the first time in the history of Arab tennis, Tunisian star Ons Jaber, 27, entered the list of the world’s top ten professional women, by defeating Estonian Annette Kontaveit 7-5, 6-3 and reaching the semi-finals of the Indian Wells tournament. Jaber expressed her great joy that “the dream has come true” and that the new classification reflects the position it “deserves for a long time” and said that it is “just the beginning” of her long career.
After defeating Estonian Anett Kontaveit 7-5 6-3 on Thursday evening and reaching the semi-finals of the Indian Wells Tennis Championships, the WTA announced that the Tunisian Anas Jaber She became the first Arab player to advance among the top ten ranked players in the world.
After the match, Ons said, “The dream has come true. This is something I have wanted… since I was 16 years old.” Getting into the top 10 is just the beginning. I know I deserve this place for a long time. But I want to prove that I deserve to be in this position.”
Ons, who will face Spain’s Paulo Padusa in the semi-finals, noted that she faced many obstacles in her career due to her background. “The sponsors refused to deal with me because of where I came from and that’s not fair. I didn’t understand why before and accepted it. I’m proud of who I am now and not being dependent on others.” I’m not saying that I faced the most difficult circumstances. “I didn’t want to rely on sponsors or someone who was not interested in tennis or sports in general. It gave me the courage to go on and achieve my goals and now I’m in the top 10.”
The 27-year-old scored five of her 12 break points for her 48th victory this season, more than any other player on the WTA Tour. Anas reached the Chicago final earlier this month and became the first Arab player to win a WTA title when she won the Birmingham title in June.
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