Ons Jabeur made history Sunday in Birmingham. The 26-year-old Jabeur bested Daria Kasatkina 7-5, 6-4 to win her first career title and become the first Arab woman to capture a tour trophy.
“I knew I had to go for it, I had to win this title to at least breathe, and give an example,” Jabeur said on court. “There’s not a lot of Tunisian or Arabic players playing, so I hope this could inspire them, and I want to see more Arabic and Tunisians playing with me on tour.”
Jabeur converted 5-of-10 on break points
“You know Dasha, you have to win every point you have,” Jabeur said. “I knew it was going to be difficult, but then when I lost my serve again, I just thought I’d continue focusing on breaking her again, just playing my game.”
Jabeur, who lost her two previous finals including Charleston in April, sheds the label of being among the best to have never won a title.
Jabeur is tied with No. 1 Ash Barty for most tour wins in 2021 with 28. Because of rain, both finalists had to win two singles matches on Friday.
The Russian Kasatkina was seeking her 3rd title of 2021.
Jabeur was also in the doubles final with Ellen Perez but failed to complete the sweet.
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