Ons Jabeur Reveals the Key To Defeat Coco Gauff at Volvo Car Open 2021 Quarterfinals

Published 04/10/2021, 4:19 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 01: Cori Gauff of the United States celebrates victory after her Ladies’ Singles first round match against Venus Williams of The United States during Day one of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 01, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


Tunisian tennis player Ons Jabeur took on American youngster Coco Gauff in the quarterfinal at the Volvo Car Open 2021 in Charleston. The 26-year-old player registered her first win over the teenaged sensation. The match was won in straight sets, 6-3 6-3, which was wrapped up in 80 minutes. 

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Ons Jabeur took control of the match from the early stages and showed no remorse towards her opponent. To make matters more difficult for the American player, she struck 13 double faults during the match. Coco Gauff managed to win only 21.4% of her second serve points. As a result, Ons ended up breaking her opponent’s serve on six occasions during the match. 

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 20: Coco Gauff of the United States of America plays a backhand during her Women’s Singles first round match against Venus Williams of the United States of America on day one of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 20, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

After the match, Jabeur reflected on the key aspects and stated, “I got to say the drop shots, it saved me so many times in the match in many important points. The service wasn’t here today but I’m glad that I got to break her so many times. I was trying to close some angles for her to confuse her on the service and get a few double faults.”

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Coco Gauff and Ons Jabeur played twice before this match

Prior to today’s game, the two players faced each other twice in the previous year. Both those matches went in favor of the 17-yer-old talent. They played at the 2020 Top Seed Open in Lexington on the hardcourt and the WTA Rome Open on clay. 

Prior to this event, Ons featured at the Miami Open but fell short in the Round of 16. Similarly, she competed at the Dubai Tennis Championships and lost in the pre-quarterfinal round. This year, she could not repeat a similar performance at the Australian Open as she did in the previous season when she achieved a career-best result of reaching the quarterfinal of a Grand Slam event. She lost in the third round in Melbourne this year. 

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Ons Jabeur of Tunisia celebrates after winning macth point in her Women’s Singles third round match against Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark on day five of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 24, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mike Owen/Getty Images)

On the other hand, when Coco competed at the Miami Open this year, she lost in the Round of 64 matches. Prior to that, she was a quarterfinalist at the Dubai Tennis Championships. She began her season competing at the Australian Open but failed to impress after crashing out in the second round. It will be interesting to see how the two players fair at the clay-court events. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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