At 28, Ons Jabeur, world No. until his final at Wimbledon, two months ago. In the quarterfinals of the US Open, she was simply stronger and more realistic than Australian Ajla Tomljanovic, 46th WTA (6-4, 7-6 in 1h41).
Less powerful but much more creative and complete than her opponent, the Tunisian hasn’t produced her cleanest copy in recent months, but she always seemed to have the cards in hand. Even when, after taking the lead (6-4, 2-0), she trailed 5-3 in the second set, she recovered without panic at 5-5. With a white break in the key.
“I believe in myself more since Wimbledon”
In the tie-break, the level of which was not much higher than the whole match, Jabeur was the strongest. “I knew it was going to be played out on a few points and I’m delighted to be out of it. » Dominated 7 points to 4, on a final backhand fault in the net, Tomljanovic will nevertheless have scored this US Open, by becoming the last opponent of Serena Williams.
For Jabeur, the great adventure continues: “I believe in myself more since Wimbledon. And now I’m probably going to watch the next quarter-final a bit, hoping they play five or six hours. (smile). The Tunisian was referring to her future opponent, Thursday, in the semi-finals, who will be the winner of the duel scheduled for the night session at Flushing Meadows, between the American Coco Gauff and the French Caroline Garcia.