2022 Wimbledon: Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur Becomes First African Woman to Reach Grand Slam Final

2022 Wimbledon: Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur Becomes First African Woman to Reach Grand Slam Final

  • Ons Jabeur beat Tatjana Maria 6-2, 3-6 and 6-1 to reach the finals of the ongoing 2022 Wimbledon championship
  • The Tunisian is the first African woman to reach the final of a Grand Slam and the doubles as the first Arab woman to attain this feat in the Open era
  • Jabeur will meet either Simona Halep of Romania or Kazakhstan's Elena Rybakina in the finals of the 2022 Wimbledon on Saturday, July 9

Tunisian tennis star Ons Jabeur defeated Tatjana Maria of Germany, becoming the first African to reach a Grand Slam final at Wimbledon.

Having already become the first female African tennis player to make it to a Grand Slam semi-final, she bested Germany's Tatjana Maria 6-2, 3-6 and 6-1 on the centre court on Thursday, July 7.

Jabeur will meet the winner of the semi-final tie between Simona Halep of Romania and Kazakhstan's Elena Rybakina on Saturday, July 9.

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Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur reached a landmark at the 2022 Wimbledon, becoming the first African woman to reach a Grand Slam final after beating Tatjana Maria. Photo credit: @Ons_Jabeur
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"I really don't know what to say, it’s a dream come true,” Jabeur said following the victory. “I'm a proud Tunisian woman standing here today. I know in Tunisia they’re going crazy right now.” Jabeur said as quoted by Middle East Eye.

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She added that she wanted to continue to inspire not just Tunisians, Arabs and Africans, but all young players.

Who is Ons Jabeur?

Jabeur is a Tunisian professional tennis player.

She is currently ranked world No. 2 by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA), achieved on 27 June 2022.

Ons is the current No. 1 Tunisian player, and the highest-ranked African and Arab tennis player in ATP and WTA rankings history

Two years ago, Jabeur's run to the quarter-final of the Australian Open was the furthest a North African and Arab woman had ever reached in a Grand Slam.

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She became the first Arab woman to win a WTA Tour title when she clinched the 2021 Birmingham Classic in June last year.

Severe menstrual cramps affect China's Zheng Qinwen at French Open

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that China's Zheng Qinwen said severe stomach cramps ruined her hopes of completing a shock French Open win against Poland's world number one Iga Swiatek on Monday.

The 19-year-old Zheng was playing in her first Roland Garros tournament and had her much more fancied opponent in a spot of bother. She won the first set 7-6, before fading away inexplicably 0-6 and 2-6 to the ruthless Swiatek.

According to IOL, it later emerged that she was dealing with the double trouble of an injured right leg while having to contend with stomach cramps brought on by her monthly cycle.

Source: SportsBrief.com