Both Jaber and Tatjana Maria were venturing into uncharted territory in London: neither had ever played in a Grand Slam semi-final.
27-year-old Ons Jabeur has been knocking the big gate for quite some time: last year she won her first WTA title, while at the same time climbing to number two in the WTA rankings.
Then Tatiana Maria was a much bigger surprise: in 34 attempts she did not go beyond the third round at one of the major tournaments. But a year after the birth of her second daughter, she stunned everyone at Wimbledon.
Maria made an interesting second run with her slides, but she couldn’t surprise Jaber. The two know each other well with a 6-2 score, the Tunisian achieved the longest finish.
But Mary once again showed why she was shocked so far on the London lawn. The German ran 4-1 in the second half and won the third set. In this, Jaber clearly proved to be very powerful.
Jaber can prepare for her first Grand Slam final, as the first ever Arab and African woman. She will compete in it with Kazakh Yelena Rybakina, who will also play her first final, or two-time Grand Slam winner Simona Halep.
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