Ons Jabeur becomes first African woman to reach US Open final

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Ons Jabeur overtook Caroline Garcia of France to become the first African and Arab woman to reach the final of the US Open.

Tunisian tennis player Ons Jabeur has reached her second consecutive Grand Slam title after two months of playing as a finalist at Wimbledon, as she hopes to add a huge trophy to her list of phenomenal achievements.

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Jabeur, who became the first African and Arab woman to reach a US Open final, defeated Caroline Garcia 6-1, 6-3 at Flushing Meadows on Thursday.

“Feels more real, to be honest with you, just to be in the finals again. At Wimbledon, I was just living the dream, and I couldn’t believe it,” Jabur told 17th seed Garcia Said after ending a 13-match winning streak. “Now maybe I know what to do.”

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The 28-year-old Jabeur, seeded fifth, was runner-up at the All England Club in London in July and will now be the first African and Arab woman in the professional era to play in the final at the US Open, which dates back to 1968. ,

“After Wimbledon, [there was] There’s a lot of pressure on me,” Jaboor said after a win, which took barely more than an hour, “and I’m really relieved that I can back up my results.”

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Since professional players were first admitted to major tennis tournaments, no African or Arab woman went to a Grand Slam final, until she did so at Wimbledon before losing to Elena Rybakina.

At the 2020 Australian Open, she became the first Arab woman to reach the quarterfinals in a major. Last year, she was the first Arab player to break into the top 10 of the men’s or women’s rankings and the first player to win a WTA title.

“Of course saying out loud what I want to do is part of making me get things done,” said Jaboor, who fell to his knees and screamed as Thursday’s semifinal ended, then lay on his back.

The Tunisian dominated Garcia from start to finish in a one-sided semi-final that took just over an hour to complete.

Jabeur said, “The hard court season started off a bit bad, but I am very happy that I made it to the final here.”

Her victory extended her career-long dominance of García, whom Jabur had defeated four times as a junior in Grand Slam events and twice as a professional at the Slam before Thursday.

“I know she was playing amazing tennis and that puts a lot of pressure on you,” Jaboor said. “It wasn’t easy for me but mentally I was very prepared.”

Garcia reached the last four with a 13-match winning streak, including a win at the Cincinnati Masters lead-in event.

But Jabur ruthlessly demolished Garcia’s dream of becoming the first French woman to win the US Open crown with a clinical victory.

The French woman later admitted that she struggled to cope with the pressures of the occasion.

“Obviously the nerves were there,” Garcia said. “Today I knew it was a semi-final, so you know what it is bringing you and what you want to achieve if you win. It’s been a dream since I’m a little girl.

“I tried my best. I kept fighting, going for it, because I know it’s my way of doing things.”

On Saturday, with a championship on the line, Jabur will go up against number one Inga Swietek, who scored 16 points from the last four games and the last 20, coming back to beat sixth seed Arya Sabalenka 3-6. , 6-1, 6-4.

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