Jabeur qualifies for the first WTA 1000 final in Madrid in style | Tennis News

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Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur made it to the first WTA 1000 final of her career by beating Russian qualifier Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-2 6-3 at the Madrid Open on Thursday.
Alexandrova held a 6-1 head-to-head record against eighth seed Jabeur, but it was the Tunisian who showed skill and impeccable ground coverage to gain the upper hand in qualification.
“I felt like I was sick of losing to her all the time. So I came here to get my revenge,” Jabeur said in a post-match interview.
“I feel like this tournament is a revenge tournament, every game. I’m very happy with my performance. I know she’s playing very well, so I tried to really set my pace. I’m very happy with the level I played today.”
The pair traded breaks in the first set but Jabeur stepped up to break Alexandrova at 3-2, breaking with a lob to the net.
Jabeur let out a whoop of elation as the crowd rose and the 27-year-old didn’t look back, breaking four times in the game to wrap up the game in 61 minutes.
She will face American Jessica Pegula or Swiss Jil Teichmann in Saturday’s final.
“I really hope they play five hours and get tired,” Jabeur said with a laugh.
“I’m just going to focus on myself, it’s been tough losing a few finals lately. I’m going to do my best and give my all for this one.”



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