Wimbledon: Tunisian Tennis Star Ons Jabeur Reaches Quarter-Finals

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Tunisian tennis star Ons Jabeur’s hopes of becoming the first African to lift the Wimbledon trophy gathered momentum on Sunday as she beat Belgian Elise Mertens 7-6(9) 6-4 in a thrilling encounter to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the second year running.

The second-ranked Tunisian, the only seed left in the bottom half of the women’s draw, has been the in-form player over the opening week of the grasscourt championships as she reached the last eight without dropping a set.

Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur in action during her fourth round 2022 Wimbledon match against Belgium’s Elise Mertens.

Mertens, however, was no pushover during the contest as she earned five set points during a marathon first-set tiebreak.

But once Jabeur produced the firepower to wriggle out of trouble, she raised her game in the second set and wrapped up the win when Mertens surrendered with a double fault.

The 27-year-old will next meet 66th-ranked Czech challenger Marie Bouzkova as the Tunisian targets a place in the semi-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time.

CN/Reuters/Wimbledon.

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