Billie Jean King: Ons Jabeur’s goal of becoming No. 1 is not unrealistic

Former world No. 1 Billie Jean King believes that Ons Jabeur can go much higher than No. 8 in the wordl. 

Jabeur, 27, broke into the top-10 for the first time in her career following a semifinal run at the Indian Wells Masters. 

Tunisian tennis star Jabeur became the first Arab woman in tennis history to break into the top-10 and she also became the first Arab woman to clinch a spot for the WTA Finals. 

“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.”

Jabeur inspiring the new generation of Arab players

Jabeur has proved that a player from an Arab country can become a successful tennis player and King believes that will serve as an inspiration to the new generation of Arab players. 

Two Arab woman are ranked inside the top-100 as Egypt’s Mayar Sherif is ranked at No. 64 in the world. 

“When you get a top player, it changes everything, it’s inspirational,” King said.

“If you can see it, you can be it, and that’s what they’re starting to see. They’re starting to see it actually happening to two of their own people, and so all of a sudden they’re saying, ‘Why not me? If they can do it, I can do it’. And that happens with a lot of young people, I remember watching Althea Gibson for me, she was my shero. These are the things that do happen, and great things will come from it.”