Ons Jabeur reacts to beating Belinda Bencic to become first Arab champion at MWTC

World No. 10 Ons Jabeur said she is “finally living the dream” as she is hoping to continue her rise in 2022. 

Jabeur, 27, enjoyed a breakout year in 2021 as she captured her maiden WTA title, broke into the top-10 for the first time in her career and fell just short of making the WTA Finals. 

“I love it so much. I’m finally living the dream. You know, I am at the ranking I was expecting myself to play. You know, I’ve been waiting for my first title that I won this year. So i’m looking really forward for 2022. I feel it’s going to be a great year, a lot of great challenges and hopefully I can be ready;” Jabeur said at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships. 

Jabeur wins the Mubadala World Tennis Championships 

In the lone women’s match played at this year’s Mubadala World Tennis Championships, Jabeur beat Belinda Bencic 4-6 6-3 10-8 to become the first Arab champion at the event. 

“It feels amazing. Belinda plays tough and surprised me with her drop shots, so it was great to get through it. It was always a dream to play her in an Arab country to represent Tunisia and the Arab world. A real privilege. And to pick up the victory is great,” Jabeur said after beating Bencic. 

“I want to keep breaking record, continuing my journey, and proving I’m deserving of a place in the top 10. I’m surprised at the reaction I’ve been receiving, hopefully what I’m doing can do something to help bring more Arab players into the game.”

Recently, tennis legend Billie Jean King she would not be surprised if Jabeur once became a world No. 1. 

“She can improve a lot, so I don’t think No 8 is going to be her top ranking at all, I think she’s got the ability to go much higher,” King told The National.

“And I think as a child, or when she was younger and maybe still to this day, a few of the things I’ve read is her saying she’s always wanted to be No 1. So she’s going in the right direction that’s for sure.”

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