“I will return to the championship,” Ons Jaber told her coaching team 12 months ago at Wimbledon.
Jaber became the first African woman to reach the Grand Slam title today, defeating her best friend Tatjana Marian in the semi-finals 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.
On Saturday, she will face Russia’s Elena Ribakina, now in Kazakhstan.
Twelve months ago, 27-year-old Jaber lost for the first time in the quarterfinals to Arina Sabalenka.
But on the road, she defeated five-time champion Venus Williams, 2017 winner Garbin Muguruzan and current number one Iga Switek.
The run of the second round of the English club gave her even more taste.
“I’m not lying to you, I’m happy to be playing here when the dream started last year,” said World No. 2.
“I’ve never played Wimbledon before. It was usually the first and second rounds. He is cunning on the grass but I know I play well on the grass because of my game and everything.
“My mental coach, Melanie, reminded me of my defeat in the quarterfinals and said, ‘I’ll be back next year.’
Maillard does not need persuasion.
She seems to be “doing it.” She knows that if I put something in my mind, I will do it. I am one step closer to success, ”said Jaber. “I hope it will.”
Jabeur went through the first four rounds at Wimbledon this year before needing three sets to beat Marie Bozkova.
She reached the finish line after the first round of the French Open in May.
Jaber was one of the nominees for the Madrid Court of Appeals in Paris, and was second only to Sivatek in Rome.
But after a frustrating time in the French capital, a quick restart led her to return to the course.
“I have a good team behind me, although sometimes – I don’t lie – I thought maybe I would never do it or I would never win the Grand Slam title or the Grand Slam final. Said Yabir.
I had to remind myself why I started playing tennis, what joy this tennis brings to me. As soon as I remembered myself, I got up, I was motivated to go. ” Last year, she won her final victory in Chicago with a 2-1 victory over Jaber Ribakina, one of the three Tunisian women in the world.
Following the invasion of Ukraine, Russian and Belarusian players were banned from Wimbledon this year.
But in 2018, Ribakina will take part in the final of the tournament, which will be played in Kazakhstan for the first time.
“I am very happy to represent Kazakhstan. They believed in me. I don’t have any more questions about how I feel, ”said the 23-year-old.
“As a player in Kazakhstan, I have a long journey. I played in the Olympics, the Fed Cup. Rybakina has never had a peace quarter before this year’s Wimbledon.
But Wimbledon lawns are the perfect setting for the game. She has so far driven 49 ACs and is recommended for the second fastest race in the women’s race at 122 miles (196 km / h).
Saturday’s match sparked a radically different tennis style clash – Jabber’s piece and rhythm shift to Rybakina’s raw power.
There may be significant differences in the celebration.
“She’s not a big fan at every turn. I respect him for it, ”said Jaber.
I know she is very shy, even outside of court. Maybe I’ll be the one to shout on Saturday.
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