Ons Jabeur was the first Arab in history to win the WTA 1000 tournament. In the final against American Jessica Pegula, the tennis star from Tunisia lost the 0:6 set, but she won the title in Madrid.
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Never before has an Arab and African tennis player reached the final of the WTA 1000 event (formerly WTA Premier Mandatory). Ons Jabeur (WTA 10) not only played in the decisive game, but also won the title. Tunisia defeated Jessica Pegula (WTA 14) on Saturday in Madrid 7:5, 0:6, 6:2.
Jabeur had the optical advantage at first, but she couldn’t document it. She took the initiative in exchanges, changed direction well, put pressure on her rivals with attacks on the net. In the first and third game, she had a total of four breakpoints, but there was no breakout.
Pegula survived the rival’s storm and used the breaking point at 3:1. She then held the pass and led 4:1. Jabeur remained calm and impressed with consistency. She mixed the rhythm and made a decisive transition from defense to attack. She made up for the breakthrough loss in the seventh game with a fine backhand. The American woman was too passive at key moments, which the Tunisian used ruthlessly. Pegula sent the request back again. The set ended when she was pressed by her opponent and threw the forehand.
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Jabeur lost three break points at the opening of the 2nd game. Tunisia has been weakened and has made many mistakes. In the second game she threw the backhand and in the fourth game she missed the forehand and passed twice. She completely changed her face. She was outside the regulations and nothing came out of her. Pegula had no downtime and was at a consistent level the entire time. In the sixth game, she had another breakthrough. At the end of the set, the Jabeur shortcut landed in the net.
In the third set, the first three games ended with a breakout. She kept Jabeur’s first pass and it was 3-1. The Tunisian went back to work diligently and kept the ball in the field for a long time. Meanwhile, Pegula lacked patience and did not perform well in exchanges. Discarding a backhand cost her a seventh game. There was no turning back. At 5-2, Jabeur has already used the first match ball with the winning serve.
In the hour and 54 minutes, both players scored five breaks. Jabeur scored five more points (90-85) to score with Pegula leading 3-2. Tunisians had 29 last tricks and 39 unforced errors. The American had 14 direct wins and 38 errors. In 2022 they faced each other for the second time. In Dubai, Jabeur won 6:3, 6:1.
Both tennis players played in the biggest final of their career. Pegula remains with a single title she won in Washington in 2019 (finals 1-3). Jabeur won her second WTA Tour title. Last year she won the tournament on grass in Birmingham. The balance of all his finals is now 2-4.
Mutua Madrid Open, Madrid (Spain)
WTA 1000, clay court, $6.57 million prize pool
Saturday 7 May
the singles final†
Ons Jabeur (Tunisia, 8) bt Jessica Pegula (USA, 12) 7-5-0-6 6-2
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