Ons Jabeur became the first African to reach the semifinals of the US Open of the Open era by beating Ajla Tomljanovic.
After reaching the Wimbledon final, the Tunisian is in the last four of a Grand Slam for the second time after beating Tomljanovic 6: 4, 7: 6 (4).
The Australian didn’t let the fanfare of her third-round win over Serena Williams distract her from focusing on the rest of the tournament as she aimed for a best Grand Slam performance.
But fifth-seeded Jabeur used her all-around skills to overcome the power of Tomljanovic, fighting back from a 5-3 deficit in the second set to secure her spot in the last four.
Jabeur said: “Ajla is playing really well. Emotionally, too, it was difficult to deal with the frustration when you have breaks and keep fighting.
“I’m just trying to do my job here and I hope to inspire more and more generations from Africa. It really means a lot to me.
“I definitely believe in myself more. I made it to the final at Wimbledon so I think I can do it another time. I know I have it in me that I can win a Grand Slam and here I am in the semifinals of the US Open.”
Jabeur sometimes showed her frustration with multiple throws of her racquet and said with a smile: “I really apologize for my behavior. I wanted to stay calm, but the bat kept slipping out of my hand.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/ons-jabeur-wimbledon-african-grand-slam-serena-williams-b2161296.html Ons Jabeur reaches the semifinals of the US Open with a straight-set win