On July 9, Ons Jabeur became the first Arab woman to play in a Grand Slam final. The 27-year-old lost to Elena Rybakina in the final of the women’s singles at Wimbledon 2022.
Ons Jabeur of Tunisia. Courtesy: AP
- Ons Jabeur is currently ranked No.5 in the world
- Ons Jabeur finished as the runner-up in Wimbledon 2022
- Jabeur became the first Arab woman to play in the final at SW19
World No.5 Ons Jabeur was elated after Tunisian President Kaïs Saïed honoured her at the Presidential Palace in Carthage. The President awarded her with the country’s Great Medal of the National Order of Merit after she finished as the runner-up in the women’s singles at Wimbledon 2022.
The 27-year-old was joined by coach Issam Jellali and her husband, Karim Kamoun. They were received by the President of Tunisia.
Jabeur took to Instagram and wrote, “Thank you to His Excellency President Kaïs Saïed for his welcome to the Presidential Palace!”
Back on July 9, Jabeur lost to Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina 6-3, 2-6, 2-6 at Centre Court. Earlier, she became the first Arab woman to play the final of any Grand Slam.
She won the first set, but Rybakina put her best foot forward and became the first player from Kazakhstan to win a Grand Slam.
After Jabeur reached Tunisia following her impressive performance at SW19, she was greeted with massive celebrations and a bouquet of flowers from fans.
After losing the final at Wimbledon, Jabeur said that she wanted to pass on her legacy to budding young stars from Tunisia and Africa.
“I’m a proud Tunisian woman standing here today. I know in Tunisia they’re going crazy right now. I just try to really inspire as much as I can,” Jabeur was quoted as saying.
“I want to see more players, not just Tunisian but Arab and African players on the tour. I just love the game and I want to share this experience with them,” she added.
Back in May, Jabeur bowed out of the French Open after she lost in the first round at Roland Garros. However, she made quite a bit of amends in the grass-court tournament.
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