‘She Always Showed to Never Give Up’- Ons Jabeur Reveals the Woman Who Shaped Her Career

Published 05/08/2022, 1:07 PM EDT

Ons Jabeur, the Tunisian tennis ace, is the flag-bearer of Arab countries in tennis. She is the current no.1 Tunisian player and is the highest-ranked Arab tennis player ever. Ons invaded the elite list in the year 2021 by claiming the ranking of world no. 7. Currently, she is holding the ranking of world no.10 and can only move upwards on the list owing to her excellent form.

Recently, after her splendid performance at the Madrid Open, Jabeur shared some details about herself. Such as who inspired her to choose tennis as a profession.

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What Got Ons Jabeur Into Tennis?

Ons did a quick ‘ Get to know me’ session with the WTA and disclosed the reason behind her choosing tennis as a career. She said, “My mother was a crazy fan of tennis and since I was the youngest, she took me with her.” 

Further, Ons admitted that while growing up, she admired her mother and drew inspiration from her. As she said, “she is a tough woman. It was kinda difficult, and she always showed to never give up and always fight. And believe in your dreams.” Thereafter she spoke about the game she likes apart from tennis. “I am a crazy football fan and I either watch or go play.” Jabeur said.

Jabeur in This Year’s Clay

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The two times Grand Slam quarterfinalist has taken the clay-court season of this year by storm. After struggling in the summer double, the Tunisian raided the Charleston Open. Ons made it up to the finals, defeating almost every opponent in straight sets. Following that, she made a decent quarterfinal run at the Stuttgart Open. She walked out of the tournament after giving a tough fight to the former World No.2 Paula Badosa.

Ons Jabeur of Tunisia plays a forehand during her Women’s Singles fourth round match against Qiang Wang of China on day seven of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 26, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images)

However, her defeat didn’t break her hope. In fact, it powered her to bring the next WTA Masters 1000 title home. Ons outclassed players like Halep and Bencic to reach the finals where she got the better of the American tennis professional Jessica Pegula. Thus reclaiming her prior ranking of world no.7.

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Next, Jabeur will be competing in Rome for the title Italian Open has to offer. She will lock horns with Romanian tennis professional Sorana Cirstea on 9th May.

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Mahima Verma

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Mahima Verma is a Tennis writer for EssentiallySports. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Hotel Management from IHM Mumbai. A sports enthusiast, particularly Tennis since her childhood, Mahima believes that she is fortunate enough to witness the legends like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Serena Williams play.

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