WATCH: Ons Jabeur’s Amazing Act of Sportmanship During Her Victory Over Bianca Andreescu at National Bank Open 2021

Published 08/12/2021, 11:01 PM EDT
Aug 12, 2021; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Ons Jabeur of Tunisia (right) checks on Bianca Andreescu of Canada (left) during third round play at Stade IGA. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports


Second seed Bianca Andreescu faced the in-form Tunisian professional Ons Jabeur in the National Bank Open R3. In that match, Jabeur displayed an act of sportsmanship when Andreescu laid on the court in pain. Without any doubt, such scenes make the sporting world more beautiful and inspiring.

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It happened during the second set of the match when the Canadian seemed to struggle with her feet. Despite being a set down, Jabeur did not stop to go and check up on her opponent. Instead, she sat down in front of Andreescu, asking her with earnesty.

What’s more interesting is that the reigning Queen’s champion also pressed the 21-year-old Canadian’s feet. Later on, Andreescu called a medical time out and got back on her feet.

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But unquestionably, the scenes from the Jabeur-Andreescu matchup would remain in the tennis society for long. Similarly, the couple played with sheer discipline and technique to find oneself a place in the Canadian Open quarterfinals.

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Bianca Andreescu vs Ons Jabeur: National Bank Open 2021

It would indeed be close to impossible to separate Andreescu and Jabeur on paper. However, it was equally challenging to pick the better between them on the tennis court.

Accordingly, both the players displayed some amazing tennis skills to win the points in this match. While Andreescu got the break first, Jabeur immediately recovered and then got herself a break to lead 5-4.

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

But remarkably, the Canadian pulled up her socks and leveled the opening set at 5-5. Following that, Andreescu lifted herself again in the tie-breaker to win the set 6-7(5).

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Andreescu and Jabeur go the distance in Montreal

In the second set, Andreescu got the first break this time, and unsurprisingly, Jabuer recovered the loss in the next game. Afterwards, both asked and answered various questions asked by one another.

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

Unfortunately, the Canadian yet again found herself struggling with physicality. However, Jabeur came across the net and showed concern for her opponent.

Eventually, the Tunisian star got the set point opportunity on Andreescu’s serve and successfully converted it. The score: 6-7(5), 6-4.

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For the final set, Jabeur put forward her A-game, whereas the Canadian hope seemed to hang on by the threads. Consequently, the 26-year-old got the crucial break in the decider set to get in front of this battle.

Afterward, Andreescu managed to hold a service game but found herself in trouble at 4-1 down in the third. Ultimately, Jabeur got the break and closed out the match comfortably, winning it 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-1. With that, she also ended the hometown’s biggest hope in women’s singles event.

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Now, in the quarterfinals, Jabeur will meet either Americans Jessica Pegula or Danielle Collins. Let’s see what left in stock for her at the Canadian Open this year.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a 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 500 tennis articles.

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