Ons Jabeur’s dream of landing a Grand Slam took a step closer to becoming reality as she overcame Ajla Tomlijanovic in straight sets in the US Open quarter-final. The world No. 5 made a blistering start to take the opening set, but she had to dig deep in the second to see off her opponent, winning a tense tie-break.
She becomes the first African woman to reach the US Open semi-finals in 2022.
The Tunisian advanced to the Grand Slam quarterfinals with a 6-4 7-6(4) victory over Serena Williams’ vanquisher Tomljanovic on Arthur Ashe Stadium, here in New York City.
Ons Jabeur Throbbed Her Racket In Frustration
Ons Jabeur appeared to be on her way to her first US Open semi-final when she encountered a snag and became highly agitated, lobbing her racket around.
Jabeur had dominated her quarter-final match against the Croatian-Australian Ajla Tomljanovi for the majority of the time, taking a series and a knock lead, but a few unforced errors halted her dynamism. She trailed 5-3 in the second set after trailing 3-2 in the first.
“I think I’m gonna be fired from my job here, ‘minister of happiness’, but you know, it is tough to manage sometimes the frustration,” Ons Jabeur busted a gut during her post match press conference.
Turned Out Into A Nail Bitting Tie-Breaker
Ons Jabeur was the initial to break, putting her three points ahead of Tomljanovic. However, the fresh-faced Australian rallied to 3-3 at odds with the fifth seed. The world’s 5th ranked had beaten Veronika Kudermetova in the last 16 to reach the quarterfinals, and she capitalized on that same strength to break for a 5-3 lead before Tomljanovic held.
Jabeur led 6-4 after 40 minutes, but the second set started evenly and ended up going with serve with the former player’s 3-2 rise as she attempted to change up her variety of attacks.
Tomljanovic, on the other hand, held on and took a 6-5 lead before losing to Ons Jabeur, who obligated an overall definitive tie-break qualifier.
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Ons Jabeur Got Off Her Nerves!
Despite this, Tomlajanovic came rumbling back to win the second set as Jabeur became nervous, and after snagging a pivotal break in the eighth game, she was serving for the set. A double fault, however, gave Jabeur a reprieve, and she was able to make it to a tie-break, where the Tunisian’s class eventually shone through.
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Tomjlanovic’s final contribution was a goal into the net, advancing Jabeur to her first semi-final in New York. On an alternative day, the second set could have easily slipped away from Ons Jabeur, but the Tunisian remained constructed and finalized the job.
The Australian did not let the euphoria of her third-round triumph over 23-time Grand Slam champion Williams disturb her from concentrating on the rest of the tournament as she sought a major record.
“I think the fact that I broke that barrier of being in the quarter-finals all the time, that did help with my confidence. Knowing that I could make finals in grand slams really helped my game, just trying to build that experience to go into second weeks in grand slams.” Ons proclaims.
“I think the fact that I broke that barrier of being in the quarter-finals all the time, that did help with my confidence. Knowing that I could make finals in grand slams really helped my game, just trying to build that experience to go into second weeks in grand slams.”-Ons Jabeur
The Tunisian is still in top form, her approach shots free and sharp, and she is armed with more experience and discipline. Caroline Garcia, who defeated home hope Coco Gauff, will face her in the title match.
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