break in friendship
Ons Jabeur and Tatjana Maria are mates in life and spend a lot of time collectively. “She's my barbecue partner”, says the Tunisian who “for two hours” will put their friendship apart.
“I joked with Charlotte (Maria's eldest daughter) asking her if she would be for me or for her mother. I try to get the children on my side…”, laughs Jabeur.
She additionally admits her admiration for her subsequent opponent: “She had a actually sophisticated desk, she beat Ostapenko (after saving two match factors, editor's word), Sakkari… She performs very well and I'm joyful that she will get what she deserves as a result of she fought a lot. It shouldn't be simple to return again after having had two kids, ”insists the world No.2.
Arriving at Wimbledon undefeated on grass this season with the Berlin title in hand, the 2nd world Jabeur will essentially be the favourite in opposition to the 103rd, seven years her senior (27 years for Jabeur, 34 for Maria).
Not to say that Jabeur is on a mission, for her, the Arab folks and extra typically the African continent.
The first participant from the Arab world to achieve the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam match, at the Australian Open in 2020, the Tunisian can be the first African participant to achieve the semi-finals of a Major since the South African Amanda Coetzer (Roland-Garros 1997).
Before the quarters, former Moroccan participant Hicham Arazi, who had reached the quarter-finals at the Australian Open in 2000 and 2004 and at Roland-Garros in 1997 and 1998, informed him: “The Arabs at all times lose in quarters and we have had sufficient, please do one thing! “said Jabeur.
After qualifying for the last four, the player received a message from Arazi: “Now you can go for the title,” she reported.
Opposite, Maria considers living a “moment of madness”, she who had once reached the third round at Wimbledon (2015) but never exceeded the second round in the other Majors.
But as incredible as her journey was, she reminds us that she is “a mother first and foremost”.
“The most important thing in my life is to be the mother of two children. I'm in the Wimbledon half, it's crazy, but I'm still a mom (…) When it's over, I'll leave the court and go see my children to do what I do every day: change the Pampers. ..”, underlines the German.
A way of normality that may enable him to maintain his toes on the grass and proceed to create surprises…
The winner and the novice
Three years after her title and after months of battling accidents, Simona Halep is again in the semis.
The former world No.1, at present 18th in the WTA rankings, dispatched the American Amanda Anisimova (twenty fifth) 6-2, 6-4 in the quarters.
“It's great to be back in the semi-finals, I'm very moved,” admitted the 30-year-old Romanian who has but to drop a set in the match.
She can be the participant who had spent the least time on the court docket to achieve the quarterfinals with a complete of 4h35 for 4 video games. It nonetheless solely took him 1h03 to dismiss Anisimova.
“I play my best tennis without a doubt. I'm trying to regain my self-confidence, ”assured Halep, additionally winner of Roland-Garros 2018 and who has been working since April with Patrick Mouratoglou, the former coach of Serena Williams.
To attempt to attain her second Wimbledon remaining, she must dismiss Kazakh Elena Rybakina (twenty third) who eradicated Australian Ajla Tomljanovic (forty fourth) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.
” It's incredible. I'm so happy to be in the semi-finals,” commented the 23-year-old Moscow-born participant who might be the first consultant of Kazakhstan, male or feminine, to play a half of a Grand Slam match. .