Jabeur becomes first Arab woman to reach French Open last 16




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Paris –   ’s Ons Jabeur became the first Arab woman reach the fourth round of the as she beat eighth seed Aryna Sabalenka 7-6(7) 2-6 6-3 on Saturday.

The 30th seed displayed her trademark court craft undermine Sabalenka’s as she surpassed her previous best third round showing at Roland Garros 2017.

Sabalenka led 5-1 the opening tie-break, but a series of errors allowed 26-year- Jabeur snatch it.

junior champion Jabeur’s level dipped the face of some fierce Sabalenka hitting as the second slipped away in little 20 minutes.

But the Tunisian, who became the first Arab woman to reach a Grand Slam quarter- in this year, re-grouped and forged 3-0 ahead in the deciding .

She also had points for a 4-0 lead, but Belarussian Sabalenka upped the intensity and the decibel level to stay in contention.

Sabalenka saved three match-points at 2-5, then had a break point in the next game.

But Jabeur remained composed as she brought up a match-point and showed great touch to angle away a short forehand, before sealing the a first serve.

(Reuters/NAN)