Ons Jabeur creates history by winning the Madrid Open title | Tennis News

MADRID: Ons Jabeur claimed the biggest title of her career, becoming the first Arab or African player to win a WTA 1000 title with a 7-5, 0-6, 6-2 win over American Jessica Pegula on Saturday at Madrid.
The Tunisian pioneer has won her second WTA trophy and is expected to regain her career-best ranking of world number seven on Monday.
Jabeur, who is the first Arab player – male or female – to break into the top 10, has 12 wins on clay so far this season and has won 20 overall in 2022.

Pegula had to save four break points in his first two service games before increasing the pressure on Jabeur’s serve to break for 3-1.
The Tunisian fought back in game seven, finding her range on the return and was soon level with Pegula.
Jabeur faced a set point in an error-strewn 10th game but weathered the storm to hold on, then smashed Pegula to love using a signature kick return. The world number 10 closed the set in the 54th minute.

Pegula struggled early in the second set, but she saved three break points and it was her turn to attack as she swept through the next six games in less than 30 minutes.
The decider’s first three games went against serve until Jabeur finally consolidated a break to take a 3-1 lead. The 27-year-old doubled her advantage and fell to her knees as she secured a decisive win.
Jabeur improved to 2-4 in the WTA Finals and 3-2 head-to-head against Pegula.



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