Jabeur suffers a tough defeat and postpones the dream of the 1st Slam

Jabeur suffers a tough defeat and postpones the dream of the 1st Slam

As had already happened in his debut match at the Australian Open, Ons Jabeur again had ups and downs this Thursday and had to play three sets. But after the victory over the Slovenian Tamara Zidansek two days ago, the world number 2 was eliminated in the second round and once again postponed the dream of the first Grand Slam title. The Tunisian was beaten by the Czech Marketa Vondrousova by 6/1, 5/7 and 6/1 in 1h42 of departure.

Wimbledon and US Open finalist last year, Jabeur started the season with two goals in mind, winning a Grand Slam and reaching the top of the rankings. But the 28-year-old is still a far cry from world number 1 Iga Swiatek. The Polish woman accumulates 11,025 points against just 5,140 for the Tunisian.

Jabeur’s executioner this Thursday, Vondrousova was a finalist at Roland Garros in 2019 and a silver medalist at the Tokyo Olympics. The Czech left-hander reached 14th place in the WTA ranking, but had surgery on her wrist in May last year and was out of action for almost six months. Currently, she appears in the 86th position of the ranking.

The first set was largely dominated by Vondrousova, who did not face break-points and gave up only four points in her service games. In addition to the Czech’s good performance in the serve games, the partial was marked by the Tunisian’s inconsistency in the background rallies. Jabeur committed 18 unforced errors to just 4 for her rival and ended up allowing two breaks of serve.

After escaping from a 15-40 at the opening of the second set, Jabeur began to perform better on the court and the partial was more balanced. The number 2 in the world got a good advantage, leading by 4/1, but it continued to oscillate and was not so confident in the blows. Even in some well worked points, the Tunisian was lacking in definition, missing volleys and smash in important moments. Thus, she missed the chance to serve to the set.

With the score tied at 5/5, Jabeur faced a break-point, but fitted a sequence of three great serves to avoid the break and confirm the service. Afterwards, Jabeur managed to break Vondrousova’s serve and win the set. But the Czech regained control of the match in the third set and managed four new service breaks to reach victory. Jabeur led 27-17 on winners, but made 50 unforced errors to Vondrousova’s 24.

Czech duel against young Fruhvirtova Vondrousova

‘s opponent in the third round of the Australian Open will also be Czech Linda Fruhvirtova, 17-year-old and 82nd in the world, who has the best campaign of her career in a Grand Slam. Fruhvirtova edged out local guest Kimberly Birrell 6-3 6-2 on Thursday. In the first phase, the promising Czech athlete had passed by another hostess, Jaimee Fourlis, also in straight sets.

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