Ons Jabeur becomes the first Arab tennis player to enter the top 10

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Now, she will be the first Arab player to enter the top 10-both male and female.

On Thursday, Jabr defeated Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit 7-5 and 6-3 to reach the semi-finals at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. When the rankings were updated on Monday, this victory guaranteed her entry into the top 10 singles.

Jabr won 48 games in 2021, the most in the WTA Tour this season.

This is Jabr’s 48th game victory in 2021, the most won by all WTA players this season.

“When I gave a speech at the end of last season, I said I wanted to be in the top 10,” Jabr, ranked 12th in Indian Wells, said on the court after winning the 18th-seeded Estonian on Thursday.

“People doubt us as a team, but we proved them wrong…. We have been working hard. Being in the top 10 means a lot, but we will not stop there. We hope to go further , Now focus on this game.”

This will be Jabr’s first semi-final in the WTA 1000 level event. She will face Spain’s 21st seed Paula Badosa. The other semi-final will be the 27th seed Viktoria Azarenka of Belarus against the 24th seed Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia.

Jabeur’s first professional title was won this year at Viking Classic Birmingham. At the Australian Open in 2020, she became the first Arab woman to reach the quarterfinals of the Grand Slam. She also reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon this year.

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