Arab icon Ons Jabeur continues dream run, reaches Rome final

Tunisia's Jabeur became the first Arab player to claim a WTA 1000 title with her stunning victory in Madrid last week



Ons Jabeur celebrates after winning her semifinal against Daria Kasatkina. (AP)
Ons Jabeur celebrates after winning her semifinal against Daria Kasatkina. (AP)

By Tennis

Published: Sun 15 May 2022, 12:47 AM

Ons Jabeur will face Iga Swiatek in the Italian Open final after winning Saturday’s thrilling last four clash with Daria Kasatkina 6-4, 1-6, 7-5.

Tunisia’s Jabeur became the first Arab or African player to claim a WTA 1000 title with her stunning victory in Madrid, and now she has the chance to make more history against Swiatek after another glorious comeback win on centre court in Rome.

Having won the first set in fairly comfortable fashion world number seven Jabeur was clattered from pillar to post by unseeded Russian Kasatkina.

Having levelled the match Kasatkina then looked a certain winner and had match point on her own serve in game 10 of the third set.

However Jabeur saved the point and won that and the next two games to book her place in the final alongside Swiatek, who looked in unstoppable form in beating Aryna Sabalenka in straight sets 6-2, 6-1.

The win was similar to her quarterfinal win over Maria Sakkari, where she came back from being a set down and behind 5-2 in the second to make the semis.

World number one Swiatek is gunning for a fifth consecutive tournament win and swatted Sabalenka aside in one hour, 16 minutes to claim her 27th win on the bounce, a tally last reached by Serena Williams in 2015.

World number one Novak Djokovic took his place in the men's final on Saturday claiming his 1,000th career win in straight sets over Casper Ruud 6-4, 6-3 in Rome.

Djokovic will face Monte Carlo Masters champion Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in Sunday’s final, the Serb’s fourth in as many years in the Italian capital.

Tsitsipas beat Alexander Zverev 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in an entertaining last four battle.


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