Now, she’ll be the primary Arab participant — male or feminine — to achieve the highest 10.
On Thursday, Jabeur defeated Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit 7-5, 6-3, to achieve the semifinals on the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. The win ensures her a spot within the high 10 in singles when the rankings are up to date Monday.
It was Jabeur’s forty eighth match win in 2021, essentially the most by any WTA participant this season.
“After I spoke on the finish of final season, I mentioned I wished to be within the high 10,” Jabeur, seeded twelfth at Indian Wells, mentioned on courtroom after Thursday’s win in opposition to the 18th-seeded Estonian.
“Folks doubted us as a workforce, however we proved them incorrect. … Now we have been working so, so onerous. Being within the high 10, it means lots, however we’re not going to cease right here. We’ll go additional, hopefully, and now deal with this match.”
This will likely be Jabeur’s first semifinal at a WTA 1000-level occasion, and she’s going to face No. 21 seed Paula Badosa of Spain. The opposite semifinal will likely be No. 27 seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in opposition to No. 24 seed Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia.
Jabeur’s first profession title got here this yr on the Viking Traditional Birmingham. In 2020 on the Australian Open, she grew to become the primary Arab girl to achieve a grand slam quarterfinal. She additionally reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon this yr.