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Ons Jabeur Makes History

Ons Jabeur, a Tunisian professional tennis player, becomes the first African and Arab woman to reach the Wimbledon Championship 2022 finals.


No Arab tennis player had qualified for the grand slam semi-final before On Jabeur did this Thursday, making her the first Tunisian woman to reach this achievement.


On Thursday, Ons Jabeur, 27 years old, reached the Wimbledon final after defeating Germany's Tatjana Maria in three sets 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 in the semifinals.


Ons Jabeur tool the first set 6-2, but Tatjana Maria persisted and proved resistingly that she was not losing the game. She fought back by winning the second set 3-6.


The game ended with On Jabeur's great victory as she impressively bounced back and won the match.


Ons Jabeur, with her friendly demeanour and greatest humility, garnered the nickname of “ the minister of happiness” by her Tunisian fans, as Tunisia is going through a rough patch, Ons became the only source of happiness during these rocky roads for the people in her home town. 


Her nickname proved apt not for her Tunisian fans only but for all Tennis fans with Jabeur grabbing her rival Maria to join her in the middle of the court after the match. She then pointed at Maria as a gesture to make the ground salute and applaud Maria’s effort.


I wanted to share that moment with her at the end because she's such an inspiration for so many players, including me,” said Ons Jabeur as she was asked about that moment after the match.


Sports fans appreciated Ons Jabeur’s friendly manner and expressed their contentment on social media.


Ons has expressed her stark happiness and sheer pride to be the first and only Arab and African woman to stand on Wimbledon court for the semi-finals.


I'm a proud Tunisian woman standing here today," Jabeur said after the match. "I just try to inspire really as much as I can - I want to see, not just Tunisian, but more Arab and African players on tour.

“I am happy that my people are proud of me, they are pushing me to do better. Hopefully, I can  keep the title forever,” she then added.

Jabeur will face Kazakhstan's Elena Rybakina in the final on Saturday night, AEST.

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