Just Breaking Down Barriers: Venus Williams Lauds Ons Jabeur Ahead of Their Clash at Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 06/30/2021, 4:41 AM EDT
Venus Williams of the United States celebrates defeating Laura Siegemund of Germany during her third round Women’s Singles match on Day Six of the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)


Ons Jabeur is one of the strongest players at the Wimbledon Championships and is a prime challenger for the title. Hailing from Tunisia, Jabeur is one of the rare tennis players in North Africa. Ona Jabeur received praise from Venus Williams, as the American complimented her at a press event.

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Venus will be playing against Ons Jabeur in the second round, at the Wimbledon Championships, today. At the 2020 Australian Open, Jabeur became the first Arab woman to reach the quarterfinal stage of a Grand Slam event.

Tennis – WTA 250 – Birmingham Classic – Edgbaston Priory Club, Edgbaston, Birmingham, Britain – June 20, 2021 Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur celebrates winning her final match against Russia’s Daria Kasatkina Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs

Venus Williams on the impact of Ons Jabeur

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Williams, an American icon for youngsters and six-time Wimbledon Champion, is proud of what Jabeur has done till date. The North African tennis star has broken all barriers to reach this stage; she has achieved great success this year, including the Birmingham Classic title. The World No.24 will be looking for a better finish at SW19 this year.

Ons I would say is one of my favourite people on tour. Honestly she’s just breaking down barriers. The first woman from her country to do anything that she’s doing. She just won her first tournament, so she’s got to be feeling great,” said Venus at a press event.

Williams thinks Ons Jabeur is paving the way for African women

Women all over the world, have to face many barriers before following their dreams. Women, especially in Africa and North Africa, have to face all sorts of racial discrimination, in the outside world. To have a figure like Ons Jabeur in the fraternity, it is a strong message for the young girls in Africa, to break all barriers, in order to achieve their dreams.

You’re gonna see a whole other generation of women from North Africa coming into tennis. It’s going to be all owed to her. She’s inspiring so many people, including me. She gives 100% every time, holds herself in a way that she respects & that people can respect,” said Venus.

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Ons Jabeur beat her first-round opponent, Rebecca Peterson of Sweden, with great ease. She brushed past the Swedish national, with a comfortable 6-2, 6-1. With a heavy burden on her shoulder, Jabeur will be looking for a win over Williams in their first meeting.

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