Ons Jabeur: I deserve top-10 place, this is just beginning of great things

Tunisian tennis star Ons Jabeur continued her strong Indian Wells Masters campaign on Thursday as she saw off world No. 20 Anett Kontaveit 7-5 6-3 to reach the semifinal at the tournament. 

Jabeur made a strong start to the match as she was up by two breaks and had a 4-1 lead. 

Jabeur blew a double-break lead but broke Kontaveit again in the 11th game and served out for the opener in the following game. 

Kontaveit led 3-2 after the opening five sets of the second set but Jabeur then earned back-to-back breaks to win four games in a row and seal a straight-set win. 

“Honestly a great match, great fight,” Jabeur said, per the WTA website. “Always tough to play against Anett. I tried to play my game little bit, but she knows me so well. It was kind of tough to kind of execute those dropshots. 

“I’m pretty glad that I stayed calm when I needed to be. It was very stressful at the end. But I’m glad that I got the win and looking forward to play. Why not get the title here?”

Jabeur makes tennis history 

Jabeur, ranked at No. 14 in the world, is now guaranteed a spot in the top-10 and she is set to become the first Arab player male or female to break into the top-10.

“Top 10 I know is the beginning,” Jabeur continued. “I know I deserve this place from a long time since I was playing well. But I want to prove that I deserve to be here, I deserve to be one of the Top 10 players. 

“There is a lot of things that I need to improve. I’m very happy, a lot of emotions right now, but I’m still in competition so I’m trying to calm down and not overthink about Top 10. Probably will celebrate after the tournament. I just believed in myself, I worked hard, and this is just the beginning of great things.”