By winning the Berlin Open, Ons Jabeur is now ranked 3rd in the world. However, the match between her and the Swiss Belinda Bencic was marked by the incredible fair play of the Tunisian player.
After an hour of play, Ons Jabeur had the advantage over her opponent, leading 6-3, 2-1, until the young Swiss player injured her ankle. After slipping on the court, the pain prevented her from continuing the battle, conceding the victory by forfeit to the Tunisian.
A great moment of solidarity
Unable to overcome her pain, the Swiss player immediately stopped playing and sat on the bench. Ons Jabeur then went herself to get ice and helped her to maintain the cold to relieve her ankle. The Tunisian player said afterwards: “The most important thing for me is that she is fine”. She also praised the Swiss player’s play, suggesting that she was worried about being drawn into a third set for the win.
— wta (@WTA) June 19, 2022
This moment of sport, commented many times on social networks, will remain engraved among the great moments of solidarity and fair play in the discipline.
A champion who asserts herself
Last May, Ons Jabeur became the first player in the Arab world to win a WTA 1000 in Madrid. Today, she has her third title to her credit, at the age of only 27. In addition, she is the second woman to win multiple titles this year, after the world number 1 Iga Swiatek.
The next step is the British Grand Slam, which begins on June 27, where she will meet her greatest rival on the courts. The Wimbledon competition promises a great fight between the world number 1 and Ons Jabeur, who is gradually climbing the WTA rankings.