Jabeur, triumph and best ranking. Now double with Serena

Ons Jabeur is experiencing the most important and in some ways surprising days of his life. In Berlin, she celebrated her third WTA title in her career. In the final, she benefited from the retirement of her friend Belinda Bencic who started experiencing an ankle problem in the last game of the first set and left the field when she was under 63 21.

Finalist in four of the last six tournaments played, Jabeur has achieved his second success in three head-to-head matches and will rise to world nunero 3 next week, his best ranking.

With this status next week he will show up at Eastbourne in the final week of preparation before Wimbledon. The tournament will have the eyes of the world on it as it will mark Serena Williams’ return to the pitch. The former world number 1 has chosen the Tunisian as a double partner of her.

The proposal surprised and decidedly proud. The offer was born, as she explained this week, thanks to Eric Hechtman, coach before Venus Williams and now Serena after the end of the collaboration with Patrick Mouratoglou passed the corner of Simona Halep. Hechtman is in contact with Jabeur’s coach Issam Jellali. “He told me: Would you play doubles with Serena? -He told-. Obviously the answer was yes but I didn’t know where. Now it is 100% certain that I will go to Eastbourne. And the focus will be on the double”.

Thanks to the success in Berlin, Jabeur became the third player with at least two titles under her belt in 2022 after world number 1 Iga Swiatek and Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia who, after her success in Nottingham last week, was repeated in Birmingham. .

On a complex Sunday, in which the semifinals and final were played, Haddad Maia first surprised Simona Halep and then beat the Chinese Zhang Shuai with whom she had won double in Nottingham a week ago in the final. The final only lasted nine games as Zhang retired with her opponent leading 5-4 and about to serve for the set.

The 26-year-old left-handed from Sao Paulo, world number 32 this week, played as a junior with Belinda Bencic or Ana Konjuh. She didn’t have an easy path, though. At the age of 18, she suffered a shoulder injury that gave her problems for years, and had already been operated on her back a few years earlier.

The transition from junior to pro turned out to be longer and tougher than expected, but he’s making up for lost time in recent weeks. Haddad Maia is the first Brazilian to win in Birmingham in the forty-year history of the tournament. And thanks to this result she will enter the Top 30 for the first time.

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