Ons Jabeur’s victory makes her the first African, Arab, and Tunisian woman to advance to a Grand Slam final during the Open Era. Wimbledon 2022
Tennis player Ons Jabeur of Tunisia advanced to the Wimbledon 2022 championship after defeating Tatjana Maria 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 in a one-hour, 43-minute semifinal match on Thursday.
Jabeur’s victory makes her the first African, Arab, and Tunisian woman to compete in a Grand Slam final during the Open Era.
She has been breaking records for her nation and region since since breaking the Top 50 in February 2020. The 27-year-old has given herself the chance to pursue the biggest milestone of all after winning 22 of her last 24 games.
Selima Sfar, who peaked at No. 75 in July 2001, was the only Tunisian to make it inside the Top 100 of the WTA rankings prior to Jabeur.
In October of last year, Jabeur made her Top 10 debut after being the first player from her nation to qualify for a WTA final in Moscow in 2018, make a Grand Slam quarterfinal at the 2020 Australian Open, hit the Top 50 a month later, and win a WTA title in Birmingham in 2021.
Jabeur’s season got off to a bad start as she was forced to withdraw from the Australian Open owing to a back ailment. But ever since she came back in February, she has gotten stronger and stronger.
She has a 36-9 overall record in 2022, including victories in two of those competitions (Madrid on clay and Berlin on grass) and final appearances in five of her most recent seven. Jabeur is now riding her second 10-match winning streak of the year, including the latter.