After a complicated start on Tuesday, Ons Jabeur ended up dominating Marie Bouzkova in three sets (3-6, 6-1, 6-1) and 1h49 of play. More than ever, the Tunisian seems the big favorite for the title at Wimbledon.
After his missed appointment at Roland-Garros, Ons Jabeur wants to make up for lost time. In great shape for a few weeks, the Tunisian joined the semi-finals at Wimbledon on Tuesday, logically dominating Marie Bouzkova in three sets (3-6, 6-1, 6-1) and 1h49. However, at first, on the Center Court, the world number two in the WTA ranking seemed to be overtaken by the challenge of such an event on the London lawn.
Already a winner of a top 10 in the 2nd round, in the person of the American Danielle Rose Collins, the Czech then interfered in the breach and boldly played her luck. Little worried about her face-offs, the 66th in the world took advantage of a more feverish favorite than expected to take her serve twice, at 2-2 and 5-3, and thus pocket the first set almost without shaking. Obviously, a blessing in disguise for Jabeur, untouchable thereafter. Indeed, the rest of this quarter-final was a one-way street in favor of the tournament’s number 3 seed, which left only crumbs for Bouzkova.
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Jabeur hits the target
Thanks to an almost perfect second set, the native of Ksar Hellal reset the counters with in particular three breaks during this one, at 0-0, 3-1 and 5-1. Become imperial or almost, the Tunisian then continued her demonstration and unfolded with again only one game left on one of her services, at 4-0. Before and after that, the big favorite for this 2022 edition of Wimbledon had come close to perfection. A final white game to conclude and here she is in the last four of the British Grand Slam.
A great first for her, who had never done better than a quarter in a Major, it was here last year against Aryna Sabalenka. Thursday, in the semi-finals, Jabeur now has an appointment with another surprise, the German Tatjana Maria. At 27, the interested party is now two games away from hitting a very big blow and confirming her promising start to the year 2022. In any case, she can no longer hide. Especially since the Tunisian could forever enter the history of African tennis.