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Ons Jabeur Makes History by Becoming the First Arab Woman To Win a Women’s Tennis Association 1000 Title


In a proud moment for the region this weekend, Ons Jabeur fought hard—and won—the the biggest title of her career, the WTA 1000, in Madrid. On May 7, the Tunisian sportswoman played against American Jessica Pegula, winning 7-5, 0-6, and 6-2. The big moment marked a historical milestone, the very first time an Arab or African woman has won at the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) 1000 event.

But the milestones don’t stop there. Along with her victory this week at Madrid’s Caja Magica, Ons Jabeur has also earned the title of being the very first Arab or African female to have qualified into the list of the world’s top 10 in her field. Her big win was actually her second, as Jabeur also bagged a trophy back in 202i while playing in Birmingham. “I honestly still can’t believe it. I went through a roller coaster of emotions during the past few days, just after the semi-final,” Jabeur shared recently. “I was really stressed, trying to breathe. I really didn’t want to get disappointed again. I thought my heart was going out of my chest today. I’m very happy and trying to realize that I won today really.”

Jabeur also took to social media to share her excitement with the world, saying, “Dreams do come true 🏆😍 I love you all!! 🙏🇹🇳.” Among the many to congratulate her were Tunisian actors Hend Sabri, Rym Saidi, Dhafer L’Abidine and SamiraMagroun, tennis players Alexa Guarachi Bruner, Asia Muhammad, and Giuliana Olmos, Tunisian fencer Ines Boubakri, and Tunisian football player Khenissi Yassine.


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