Rising tennis star Ons Jabeur looks back at the US Open after the historic Wimbledon run and talks about the influence of Serena Willliams

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Top-ranked tennis player Ons Jabeur made history this summer when she became the first Arab woman and first African woman to reach a Grand Slam final.

but the runner-up of Wimbledon 2022 has set out to achieve more when she returns to New York for the US Open this month.

Jabeur, 27, told Fox News Digital in an interview this week that her recent success on the tour has been a “great process” in the making, which after a heartbreaking departure at Wimbledon in 2021, marked a turning point with a promise in itself himself reached.

Tunisia's Ons Jabeur returns to Germany's Tatjana Maria in a women's singles semi-final match at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London on July 7, 2022.

Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur returns to Germany’s Tatjana Maria in a women’s singles semi-final match at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London on July 7, 2022.
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“Last year when I reached the quarterfinals I made a big promise to myself that I wanted to come back and win this tournament. great just to be in the final”, said Jabeur. “Of course I wanted the bigger title, but that’s part of the great process. And I have a feeling we’re going to get there to maybe win the title next time.”

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Elena Rybakina broke Jabeur’s 12-match winning streak in the finals, beating them in straight sets 3-6 6-2 6-2. But with history at stake, Jabeur received an overwhelming amount of support from the crowd.

“I mean, of course the pressure is always there. But you know, I really appreciate it. That’s one of the reasons I play tennis. I kind of signed up for it,” she told Fox News Digital of the crowd that gathered at the All England Club for her performance in the final.

Ons Jabeur fans at the 2022 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon, July 9th 2022.

Ons Jabeur fans at the 2022 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon, July 9th 2022.
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“It’s not easy to play. Tennis is not easy, having that kind of pressure every day. But you know, it’s part of the process, I think. But I’m trying to learn every day how to deal with it better and better. And at Wimbledon it was really amazing because for the whole two weeks I had the crowd cheering for me especially the Tunisians who were always there and for me I had to try even harder for them.

Jabeur of Tunisia has made two Grand Slam quarter-finals and one final appearances at Wimbledon, but she hopes to continue her success when she takes the field next week at the US Open.

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“This year I’m going to be harder on myself,” she said after failing in the round of 32 for the past three years. “I want to get through the third round. It’s a great result, but not for me this year. Hopefully we will do better.

“I worked so hard to always achieve more. And for me, being at the US Open in week two is the least I can do. So I’m just going to take it step by step and see how it goes.”

Ons Jabeur of Tunisia serves against Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic during their third round match in women's singles at Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 18, 2022 in Mason, Ohio.

Ons Jabeur of Tunisia serves against Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic during their third round match in women’s singles at Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 18, 2022 in Mason, Ohio.
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Jabeur achieved her highest placing (No. 2) at Wimbledon and is entering the US Open as the fifth-placed pro on the tour.

“Years ago I started getting to know myself better on and off the court, improving myself, believing more and more in myself was very, very important,” she told Fox News of her progress. “I also improved my fitness a lot. It helped me to complete my playing style.

“Besides, I think since 2020, when the Quarterfinals of the Australian Open Happening, it just gave me more confidence to be one of the greatest players and also more belief that I can be a top 10, top 5 player.”

Another advantage Jabeur will have at the US Open is the opportunity to play alongside him 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams when they made their debut as doubles partners at the Eastbourne International in June.

“I am very happy that she chose me to play doubles with her. Eastbourne is one of those experiences that I loved and will cherish for the rest of my life,” Jabeur said.

Serena Williams of the United States and Ons Jabeur of Tunisia in action against Hao-Ching Chan of Chinese Taipei and Shuko Aoyama of Japan in their doubles quarterfinals match at the Rothesay International at Devonshire Park on June 22, 2022 in Eastbourne, England.

Serena Williams of the United States and Ons Jabeur of Tunisia in action against Hao-Ching Chan of Chinese Taipei and Shuko Aoyama of Japan in their doubles quarterfinals match at the Rothesay International at Devonshire Park on June 22, 2022 in Eastbourne, England.
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“I mean, she’s someone who knows what to do on the pitch. You can literally see the big difference between her and other players. If she puts her mind to something, she will do it. And I learned a lot from their double play.

“Honestly, it’s just amazing to see how she thinks on the pitch.”

The duo reached the semifinals but were forced to withdraw after Jabeur led a knee injury. Not long after, Williams announced this to the world she would be retiring soon.

Serena Williams of the United States and Ons Jabeur of Tunisia speak during a match against Hao-Ching Chan of Chinese Taipei and Shuko Aoyama of Japan in their doubles quarterfinals match during the Rothesay International at Devonshire Park on June 22, 2022 in Eastbourne, England

Serena Williams of the United States and Ons Jabeur of Tunisia speak during a match against Hao-Ching Chan of Chinese Taipei and Shuko Aoyama of Japan in their doubles quarterfinals match during the Rothesay International at Devonshire Park on June 22, 2022 in Eastbourne, England
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“The news was kind of expected, but it’s always sad to face the reality one day Serena Williams is retiring‘ Jabeur told Fox News. “I personally didn’t want to see it because we’re used to seeing them on tour and it’s really amazing to have them. But I mean, hopefully she doesn’t disappear from the tennis world. Hope we can always see them.

“She did a lot for women’s tennis. She showed us that nothing is impossible.”

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The main draw of the US Open begins on Monday. Jabeur will no doubt have the support of the crowd as a top player, but she’s also backed by Lotto Sport Italia, an Italian sportswear brand for which she acts as a brand ambassador.

“Lotto is like family to me, we’ve been together for years now. They were one of the few clothing companies that believed in me. Actually, maybe the only one,” she said, laughing.

“I wasn’t at the top when we signed together, I was maybe in the 200, 300 and they gave me the opportunity and I appreciate that. I appreciate that they gave me a chance to prove myself … and to show that I can be one of the greatest players. you believed in me you supported me And for me, I will always be grateful to them.”

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