The Tunisian is the first player from her region to lift a title and the one who has gone the furthest in a major tournament: “Maybe some woman is watching TV and wants to be in my place. If I can, others can”
Ons Jabeur (from Ksar Hellal, Tunisia, 26 years old) is one of those stories about talents in tennis that is pointed as a very short time lasting. A decade ago, at just 16 years old and already showing traces of her wealth of talent, she won the junior Roland Garros and became the first North African champion of such an event. However, she then became entangled in the networks that hindered the transition to professionalism. “It was annoying seeing many tennis players with whom I played different tournaments achieving places between the 50 or 20 best in the world,” she recognized these days at Wimbledon, where he not only progresses but dazzles, getting closer to that cusp which I dreamed of reaching then.
Positioned on the 24th WTA ranking, Jabeur is captivating fans and knocking down doors, on her way to becoming a reference in Arab sport, in which women fight to lose historical invisibility in any type of discipline. Little by little she is heading towards where she promised, and her name often begins to be accompanied by the valuable tagline of being the first in … In fact, if when she was a teenager, she already made history with that triumph in Paris, her successes resonate even more recent. None greater, at the moment, than the one obtained from her three weeks ago in Birmingham, where she raised her first trophy as a professional, which in turn meant the first for an Arab woman in tennis.
She had previously broken another barrier by reaching the finals in Moscow (2018) and Charleston (2021), but she wants something more. It is not enough for her to be the first Arab quarterfinalist at Wimbledon or the one who has gone the furthest in a Grand Slam – she reached the quarterfinals at the Australian Open last year; she is not worth it either with having exceeded the bar that on her day, 2001, was set by Selima Sfar, the 75th in the world and therefore the one with the best ranking she had achieved. Ons Jabeur wants to transcend. “It’s never easy to be the only woman from the Arab world on the WTA ranking,” she said; “One never knows, maybe a person who is watching tv, wants to be in my shoes one day. To this person I want to send this message: if I can, others can. I don’t look only for myself, but I try to inspire other generations that come from behind”.
This season, the Tunisian is the player with the most wins (32) together with the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka and in London she is confirming what was already guessed: that she is very good and that it is a pleasure to watch her play, with her unpredictable and creative style, resorting to cut blows and fearless drops. A show. “It does not only inspire Arab women, but all of us, including me”, said the most dedicated veteran in tennis, Venus Williams (40).
Jabeur is in 14th place, which he reached after being a finalist in the WTA 500 tournament in Chicago. She was defeated in the final by the Spanish Garbiñe Muguruza.
It was the best position for a tennis player from an Arab country, previously held by Moroccan player Younes El Aynaoui in 2003 and 2004.
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“I believed,” Ons Jabeur tweeted when she broke into the WTA Top 10.