Tunisian Anas Jabeur qualified for the second round of the Wimbledon tennis tournament, the third of the four Grand Slams, with an easy victory over Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson 6-2, 6-1 on Tuesday.
And it took the 21st seed in the tournament less than an hour to surpass the 60th world ranked player.
The match was scheduled for Monday before it was postponed to Tuesday due to the rain that led to the cancellation of many matches on the opening day of the English Championship.
Jaber became the first Arab player to win a title in the WTA Championships, by defeating Russian Daria Kasatkina in the Birmingham final in two consecutive sets 7-5, 6-4.
Jaber, 26, ranked 24 in the world, has previously reached two finals, the first in Moscow in 2018 when she lost to Kasatkina itself, and in Charleston this season when she lost to Australian Astra Sharma.
In the second round, Jaber faces American Venus Williams (41 years), ranked 111 in the world and crowned 5 times on English lawn, after defeating Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu (160) 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.
Williams participated in her 90th match in the “Grand Slam”, knowing that her beginnings at Wimbledon go back to 1997, when she participated for the 23rd time in the tournament.
Serena’s older sister Venus scored 10 aces to find the 160th seed.
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