Madrid Open: Ons Jabeur clinches biggest career title

Ons Jabuer won the Madrid 1000 WTA event to clinch the biggest career title

Ons Jabeur clinches biggest career title in Madrid

Ons Jabeur continued to blaze a trail as she clinched the biggest career title at the Madrid Open on Saturday.

Tunisia’s Jabeur defeated American Jessica Pegula 7-5, 0-6, 6-2 to win her first WTA 1000 crown.

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The 27-year-old already has a few historic efforts to her name: she is the first Arab woman to break into the top 10 rankings and last year became the first Arab woman to win a WTA title.

Jabeur had been in scintillating form at the claycourt tournament in Madrid, defeating former French Open champion Simona Halep en route the final.

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She produced a determined display against Pegula to end her journey in the Spanish capital on the perfect note.

“I honestly still can’t believe it. I went through a roller coaster of emotions during the past few days, just after the semi-final,” said Jabeur, who had won just one of her previous five WTA finals.

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“I was really stressed trying to breathe,”

“I really didn’t want to get disappointed again. I thought my heart was going out of my chest today. I’m very happy and trying to realise that I won today really.”

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Jabeur survived both set points in the first set and a second-set bagel before making her way to a one hour and 54-minute victory over Pegula.