Ons Jabeur Finds Joy in Stuttgart, Breaks Losing Streak

Ons Jabeur Finds Joy in Stuttgart, Breaks Losing Streak

Ons Jabeur, Tunisia’s Minister of Happiness, has found solace in Stuttgart, Germany, where she is competing in the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. The world No. 9 has been struggling with a knee injury and a five-match losing streak, but she broke the slump with a hard-fought victory over Ekaterina Alexandrova in her opening match.

Jabeur’s love for football was evident as she visited the home stadium of VfB Stuttgart, MHPArena, which is adjacent to the Porsche Arena. She witnessed Stuttgart’s 3-0 victory over Frankfurt and later received a tour of the grounds from goalkeeper Fabi Bredlow.

Despite being a Real Madrid fan, Jabeur displayed her football skills with Bredlow, showcasing her keepy-uppy abilities. The pair exchanged well wishes for their upcoming matches, with Stuttgart facing Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga and Jabeur continuing her campaign in the WTA 500 event.

Jabeur’s victory over Alexandrova was a testament to her resilience and determination. After losing the first set, she rallied back to win the next two, including a tiebreaker in the third set. She credited her Tunisian fans for their unwavering support, which has been a constant source of motivation for her.

“Tennis is such a tough sport and it’s been such a tough period for me, so even confidence-wise I’m trying to build it up,” Jabeur said. “Very grateful to be Tunisian, because wherever I go I find them!”

Jabeur will face Jasmine Paolini in the second round, who advanced with a dominant victory over Sara Errani. The Tunisian star will be looking to continue her momentum and build on her positive experience in Stuttgart.

Top 10 Tumble at Miami Open as Sabalenka, Jabeur, Zheng, and Ostapenko Exit

Top 10 Tumble at Miami Open as Sabalenka, Jabeur, Zheng, and Ostapenko Exit

The Miami Open witnessed a dramatic Saturday evening as four of the WTA’s Top 10 players were eliminated in a series of thrilling matches.

World No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka, still reeling from the tragic loss of her ex-boyfriend, fell to Ukraine’s Anhelina Kalinina in a three-set battle. Kalinina, the No. 32 seed, prevailed 6-4, 1-6, 6-1, setting up a fourth-round clash with Yulia Putintseva.

Sixth-ranked Ons Jabeur suffered her fourth consecutive defeat, losing 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 to Elina Avanesyan. The 21-year-old Avanesyan will face Danielle Collins in the next round.

Seventh-ranked Zheng Qinwen was outplayed by three-time Miami champion Victoria Azarenka, who posted a 6-4, 7-5 victory. Azarenka will now face Katie Boulter, who upset 11th-seeded Beatriz Haddad Maia.

Anna Kalinskaya, the Dubai finalist and Australian Open quarterfinalist, continued her impressive form by defeating world No. 10 Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-1.

Elena Rybakina, last year’s runner-up, survived a tough challenge from Taylor Townsend, winning 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-3. Rybakina will now face 17th seed Madison Keys.

The remaining Top 10 players, Iga Swiatek, Jessica Pegula, Coco Gauff, and Caroline Garcia, all advanced to the fourth round.

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