Ons Jabeur Announces Sad News After Creating History on the Tennis Tour

Published 10/24/2021, 9:21 PM EDT
Aug 12, 2021; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Ons Jabeur of Tunisia hits a shot against Bianca Andreescu of Canada (not pictured) during third round play at Stade IGA. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports


Tunisian tennis professional Ons Jabeur has had an out-and-out breakthrough season in 2021. Only recently, she became the first-ever Arab player to enter the Top 10 rankings on the tennis tour. However, she has now announced some sad news, which puts her WTA Finals spot in doubt. Notably, Jabeur has withdrawn from the upcoming WTA Courmayeur Ladies Open, citing an elbow injury.

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Before this, the 27-year-old gave a walkover to Ekaterina Alexandrova in the Kremlin Cup R1 because of the same injury. On the other side, Estonian professional Anna Kontaveit won in Moscow, coming closer to Jabeur in the Race to the WTA Finals. So will the Tunisian star’s latest withdrawal cost her a seat in Guadalajara?

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Ons Jabeur on her WTA Courmayeur Ladies Open withdrawal

Undoubtedly, Italian tennis fans must have been waiting to see Ons Jabeur live in action in Courmayeur. Therefore, her withdrawal announcement might have upset more than a few.

However, the reigning Queen’s champion is looking forward to recovering soon. She would want to be in her best shape again if she qualifies for the WTA Finals, starting November 10th.

“I am sad to announce that I won’t be able to play in Courmayeur Ladies Open due to my elbow injury. It’s time to recover and to get ready for the next challenges. Thank you for the support,” Jabeur tweeted.

Oct 9, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Ons Jabeur (TUN) hits a shot against Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Besides, Jabeur is currently in ninth place in the Race to WTA Finals. But since World No.1 Ashleigh Barty has already withdrawn her participation, it gives the Tunisian star a qualifying spot.

Now, Kontaveit’s victory in Moscow has brought her closer to that last spot for Guadalajara. However, she must win the WTA Transylvania Open title to take Jabeur’s place.

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Can Kontaveit crush Jabeur’s WTA Finals hope?

Indeed, Jabeur’s withdrawal from Courmayeur has boosted Kontaveit’s chances to make it into 2021’s top eight players and compete in the year-ending championships. Still, winning the WTA Transylvania Open in Cluj-Napoca might not just be a cakewalk.

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Interestingly, former World No.1 Simona Halep and current US Open champion Emma Raducanu will compete in Cluj. But as per the draw, the second-seeded Kontaveit would potentially meet either of the two in the final only.

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All in all, it would be a nerve-racking week to see the conclusion of the Race to WTA Finals. Who do you think will go ahead, Jabeur or Kontaveit?

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Senior Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 1000 tennis articles.

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