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‘How Does She Do It?’ – Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova Spell-Bound After Witnessing Ons Jabeur’s Inspiring Fightback at Italian Open 2022

Published 05/15/2022, 7:11 AM EDT

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Yesterday, world no.7, Ons Jabeur miraculously survived the Russian tennis player, Daria Kasatkina, in the semi-final of the Italian Open. The Tunisian player was down a match point and somehow managed to beat her opponent in three sets. In the previous match, she made another remarkable comeback against the Greek player, Maria Sakkari. These performances by Jabeur impressed many former players, including Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova. 

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Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert praise Ons Jabeur for her amazing performances 


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Recently, Evert and Martina both took to Twitter and praised the 27-year-old Tunisian player for her truly amazing performances. In awe of Jabeur, Evert tweeted, “How does she do it????”

Meanwhile, former Czechoslovakian-American tennis player Martina Navratilova also had some praising words for the tennis star, as she wrote on Twitter, “Wow. That is so tough!!! Well done Ons.”


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Yesterday, Jabeur almost lost the match in the third set against Kasatkina, as the Russian had a match point. However, Jabeur showed some remarkable composure to win the match to move to the final. In the quarter-final against Maria Sakkari, she was down 6-1, 5-2 at one point. From there, she made a remarkable recovery and won the match 1-6,7-5,6-0. 

Jabeur will face her biggest challenge this season

With this semi-final win, Jabeur will now play in the back-to-back finals. In the Madrid Open final, she beat Jessica Pegula of America to clinch her first WTA 1000 title. Also, she became the first Arab woman to win the Madrid Open. 

Now, at the Italian Open final, she is on the verge of creating history. However, she has to face the world no.1 Iga Swiatek. The way she is playing at the moment seems completely unbeatable. Interestingly, Jabeur has a better head-to-head record against the Polish player, as she beat her 2 times previously. However, Swiatek is completely a different player from last season, as she is on a hot winning streak (26) at the moment. Moreover, she won four consecutive titles and vying for her fifth at the Italian Open. 


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Previously, she missed the Madrid Open due to an injury, and Jabeur won it. Many experts believed if Iga had played, she would have won that tournament as well.

Now, Jabeur has the opportunity to prove her doubters wrong by beating Iga in the final of the Italian Open.


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Debkinkar Maity


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Debkinkar Maity is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. His desire to become a sports journalist inspired him to take up a degree in journalism and mass communication, and he hasn't looked back ever since. Following the sport for over a decade now, Debkinkar has an ardent love for Roger Federer.
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