Wimbledon: Ons Jabeur defeats Tatjana Maria to reach her maiden Grand Slam final

Ons Jabeur ended the magical run of good friend Tatjana Maria at Wimbledon to
move one victory away from creating her own fairy-tale story at the All England
Club; she remains on course to be the first woman from an Arab country and the continent of Africa to win a Grand Slam

Last Updated: 07/07/22 3:30pm

Ons Jabeur’s unorthodox game is well suited to the lawns of Wimbledon as she defeated Tatjana Maria to reach her maiden Grand Slam final

Tunisian trailblazer Ons Jabeur ended the run of 103rd-ranked Tatjana Maria to reach her maiden Grand Slam final at Wimbledon on Friday.

The third seed became the first African woman and Arab player in the Open Era to advance to a major final by winning her 11th match in a row with a 6-2 3-6 6-1 victory over her good friend from Germany.

Jabeur has continued her excellent 12 months since winning the title in Birmingham last summer and then reaching the Wimbledon quarter-finals.

She is now up to three in the world rankings after a fine clay-court campaign and then another grass-court title in Berlin by making her maiden Grand Slam final.

Jabeur proved too good for Maria in the end but the mum-of-two went down fighting after bringing her remarkable 35th appearance at a major to its conclusion in the semi-final stage.

Maria had never made the second week of a Grand Slam before this summer and only gave birth last April but lost out to first-time finalist Jabeur.

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