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After beating Russian player Anna Kalinskaya on Tuesday, Tunisian Ons Jabeur is guaranteed to reach the World Top 10, thus making one of her dearest wishes come true. This is the first time that a tennis player from an Arab country has entered this international ranking.
Tunisian Ons Jabeur is guaranteed to become, from Monday, October 18, the first tennis player from an Arab country to enter the World Top 10, after qualifying for the quarterfinals of the Indian Wells (WTA) tournament.
Ons Jabeur, 27, had no difficulty on Tuesday night to overcome the obstacle of Russian Anna Kalinskaya, ranked 151 during the California tournament.e, to win his 47e victory this year.
His rise in the world rankings in recent years was already remarkable. But entering the Top 10 of the international weekly ranking takes her to the next level, for the first time in her career as a professional player.
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Jabeur is guaranteed to be at least 9e in the WTA standings Monday after reaching the quarterfinals at Indian Wells. She will face Estonian Anett Kontaveit on Wednesday. She was 14e after his qualification for the final of the tournament in Chicago, lost against the Spanish Garbine Muguruza.
“I always told my mother that I wanted to be world number one”
It was already the best position for a player from an Arab country, previously occupied by the Moroccan Younes El Aynaoui in 2003 and 2004. “Believe”, tweeted Ons Jabeur about his entry into the Top 10 of the WTA.
She was already the first player from an Arab country to reach the quarter-finals of one of the four major tournaments, first at the Australian Open in 2020 and then at Wimbledon in 2021. She was also the first player. from an Arab country to win a WTA title last June at the Birmingham tournament (Great Britain).
Ons Jabeur has also increased its chances of booking a ticket to the Final Masters Championship scheduled for Guadalajara, Mexico, from November 10 to 17, featuring the world’s top 8 players.
“I always told my mom I wanted to be world number one. I always believed in it, but major wins in WTA are a dream come true, and I hope I can inspire the next generation. my country play tennis, ”said Ons Jabeur after his victory on Tuesday.