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Ons Jabeur turns into first Arab tennis participant — male or feminine — to interrupt into the highest 10 in singles

Now, she’ll be the primary Arab participant — male or feminine — to achieve the highest 10.

On Thursday, Jabeur defeated Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit 7-5, 6-3, to achieve the semifinals on the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. The win ensures her a spot within the prime 10 in singles when the rankings are up to date Monday.

Jabeur has 48 match wins in 2021, the most on the WTA Tour this season.

It was Jabeur’s forty eighth match win in 2021, essentially the most by any WTA participant this season.

“Once I spoke on the finish of final season, I mentioned I needed to be within the prime 10,” Jabeur, seeded twelfth at Indian Wells, mentioned on courtroom after Thursday’s win in opposition to the 18th-seeded Estonian.

“Folks doubted us as a workforce, however we proved them flawed. … We’ve got been working so, so arduous. Being within the prime 10, it means rather a lot, however we’re not going to cease right here. We will go additional, hopefully, and now deal with this match.”

This will likely be Jabeur’s first semifinal at a WTA 1000-level occasion, and she is going to face No. 21 seed Paula Badosa of Spain. The opposite semifinal will likely be No. 27 seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in opposition to No. 24 seed Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia.

Jabeur’s first profession title got here this yr on the Viking Basic Birmingham. In 2020 on the Australian Open, she turned the primary Arab lady to achieve a grand slam quarterfinal. She additionally reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon this yr.

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