Tunisian tennis star Ons Jabeur had two reasons to celebrate on Monday.
On Monday, Jabeur overcame Belinda Bencic 6-2 3-6 6-2 to reach the Madrid quarterfinal.
On the same day, Muslims celebrated Mubarak.
Jabeur wasn’t lacking any motivation before facing Bencic but she admitted that playing on Mubarak was an additional motivation to go out there and clinch victory.
“It’s two parties,” Jabeur told reporters after her victory, as quoted on the WTA Tour website. “Some people were telling me, ‘It’s Eid, you have to win today,’ I was trying my best.”
Jabeur: I want my Mubarak money
When Muslims celebrate Mubarak, part of their tradition is to give children candies and money.
Jabeur is 27 but she made sure to let her mother know that she was expecting her Mubarak money.
Jabeur is one of the most positive and cheerful players on the WTA Tour and recently she revealed that back home they call her “Minister of Happiness.”
After beating Bencic, Jabeur showed why people enjoy being around her.
“It’s Eid, so you have to give me money,” Jabeur said with a smile. “You don’t have to, but you have to, you know? I called my mom, and I was like, where’s my money? I may be 27, but who’s counting?
“For me, the fact that we are with family, go from house to house to say ‘Eid Mubarak’ to all the families, it brings great memories. Unfortunately, I’ve been on the road for years now so I don’t have time to do it.”
“It brings up a good memory and to be able to win on this day was special.”
Meanwhile, Jabeur is making a strong progress in Madrid.
Jabeur plays former world No. 1 Simona Halep in the Madrid quarterfinal.
Jabeur and Halep are set to face for the fourth time.
Jabeur won their first meeting in 2018 but Halep won their last two meetings.