Ons Jabeur Creates History by Crashing Into Top-15 Rankings After Great Run at WTA Chicago 2021

Published 10/04/2021, 3:53 PM EDT
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


2-time Grand Slam champion, Garbine Muguruza, emerged as the champion of the Chicago Fall Tennis Classic 2021. The Spaniard made an incredible comeback against Ons Jabeur after losing the initial set and defeated her in three sets to clinch the title. Interestingly, she even bageled her opponent in the last set. The final scoreline of the match was 3-6, 6-3, 6-0.

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Even though Garbine Muguruza played amazingly well, Ons Jabeur led a phenomenal campaign in Chicago. She defeated some big players and ended up as the runner-up of the tournament.

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Ons Jabeur rises to the 14th spot in the WTA rankings

Because of her recent success at the Chicago Fall Tennis Classic 2021, there is some good news coming for Jabeur. She has made her debut into the top-15 WTA players and is currently the World No.14 player. Interestingly, she created history in Chicago as she is the first Arab female player to accomplish this feat.

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

Surprisngly, Jabeur is also on the ninth spot in the list of players that will qualify for the WTA Finals 2021. She is less than 100 points behind Naomi Osaka, who is unlikely to play any more matches in 2021. If she plays well at the Indian Wells Masters 2021 and at the other upcoming tournaments, there is a high probability that the Tunisian will play her maiden WTA Finals this year.

In addition, Jabeur has the most wins for a female tennis player this year. She has a win-loss record of 44-17 in 2021 so far and thus, has one more victory than Aryna Sabalenka (43).

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Garbine Muguruza also climbs up three places

After her WTA Chicago 2021 glory, Muguruza has also climbed three places in the WTA rankings. She is now the new World No.6 player- overthrowing Elina Svitolina from the very spot.

Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Garbi–e Muguruza of Spain reacts after defeating Donna Vekic of Croatia (not pictured). Day one of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

Intriguingly, this is the highest ranking that the Spaniard has achieved since July 2018. With two titles this year, she has been enjoying an incredible form this year. As a result, fans have huge expectations from Garbine Muguruza. Will she be able to conquer Indian Wells this year?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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