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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Sunday July 3, 2022

Ons Jabeur

Talented and charming Ons Jabeur is on the cusp of making more history at Wimbledon.

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Ons Jabeur, Tunisian trailblazer, continues to make history for herself, for her country, for the Arab world and for Africa at Wimbledon.

And very likely, the best has yet to come.

Tennis Express

The world No.3 moved closer to achieving a dream at Wimbledon, as she edged Belgium’s Elise Mertens, 7-6(9), 6-4 to book her spot in the quarterfinals.

Jabeur saved five set points in the opening set and rode the momentum to a solid victory on No.1 Court – she is the highest seed remaining in the draw, and with Iga Swiatek out of the mix as of yesterday, the favorite to win the title.

Time and time again Jabeur is asked about what it is like to be a role model for other Tunisians and members of the Arab world – as well as North Africa – and she always has a genuine, inspiring reply.

Here’s what she said today:

“I wish I could really give that message to the young generation, not just from my country but from the African continent,” she said. “I want to see more players here. I want them to believe more in themselves and believe they can be here. I don't come from a rich family, you have to really stop fighting excuses and go for it, and just be yourself and enjoy playing tennis.”

Message heard, loud and clear. If you can dream it you can do it.

Jabeur will face Marie Bouzkova in the quarterfinals, and if she advances, she will face the winner of the all-German clash between Tatjana Maria and Jule Niemeier in the semis.


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