COURAGEOUS: Ons Jabeur Fights Back to Upset Garbine Muguruza at Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 07/02/2021, 11:03 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 2, 2021 Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur reacts during her third round match against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza REUTERS/Peter Nicholls


Former Champion, Garbine Muguruza was edged out by a courageous Ons Jabeur in the third round of Wimbledon Championships 2021. Jabeur grew into the match in front of a stacked Centre Court crowd to claim a stunning victory.

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A topsy-turvy match between Ons Jabeur and Garbine Muguruza

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Ons Jabeur and Garbine Muguruza played a thriller. At the start, both of the players made many errors and broke each other’s serve. Muguruza was using all her experience, whereas Jabeur was brilliant with her backhand. Almost every game in the first set saw break points. However, it remained nicely poised at 3-3.

As the set headed towards stability, Jabeur lost her serve because of certain silly mistakes and Muguruza got the chance to serve for the match, 5-4. But Muguruza had her issues with double faults and untimely errors. And Jabeur just edged Muguruza to level the set, 5-5. However, Jabeur service trouble continued and Muguruza again served for the set. Muguruza didn’t hesitate this time and took the set, 7-5.

Ons Jabeur comes back

Ons Jabeur reacts during her third round match against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

With a mixed set for both the players, the second set was anyone’s set. But Jabeur minimized her mistakes as Muguruza’s serve was bad. Jabeur pounced on any second serves and Muguruza’s frustration was visible. The 2017 Wimbledon Champion held her nerves multiple times as the set reached, 3-3.

But Muguruza’s resistance soon came to an end. Whenever the rallies increased, Muguruza was in trouble and Jabeur caught her at 4-3. Muguruza lost her serve for the first time in the second set as Jabeur served for the set, 5-3. But the topsy-turvy match continued, as Muguruza’s smart play and Jabeur regular mistakes saw the Spaniard take a 40-0 lead. But Jabeur came back with her strong mentality and took the set, 6-3.

Ons Jabeur’s Centre Court triumph at Wimbledon Championships 2021

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Jabeur was in control and it looked like she will win it easily. Jabeur broke Muguruza in the first service game itself and took the first eight points to take a 2-0 lead. The next game saw Jabeur’s baseline strokes in full form as Muguruza used her experience to serve well and shorten the point. Muguruza saved six break points in a lengthy game to put the third set at 2-1.

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With Jabeur finishing her service game early, the pressure was back on Muguruza. Jabeur gave her all as she converted her sixth break point of the game to take a double break, 4-1. The Tunisian had caught Muguruza’s movement and picked up points with her returns. Jabeur’s confidence was clearly visible as she increased her lead to 5-1. Jabeur served for the match at 5-2 and had an uneasy moment however she converted her second match point to pick up the victory.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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