Tunisian Anas Jaber, ranked fourth in the world, reached her fourth final this year after qualifying Saturday for the top match of the Berlin International grasscourt tournament at the expense of the young American Coco Gauff, to win a revenge date with Swiss Belinda Bencic.
Jabeur beat Gabe, ranked 13th in the world, 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 to face Bencic, the Olympic gold holder and the winner of Greece’s Maria Sakkari in an exciting match that lasted for three hours 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 6- 4.
Jaber achieved her second victory over Gough, the runner-up for Roland Garros this year, in the fifth confrontation between them.
“Coco is a strong player,” said the Tunisian, who is looking for a third title in her career. It’s hard to win against her. I lost three times to her, but sometimes I win and sometimes she wins. We played a good match.
In response to a question if she feels pressure being ranked first in the tournament, Jaber replied: It is the first time that this happens in a tournament of 500 (points). But I try to be a number one on and off the field and deal with that in the best way possible.
Jaber (27 years old) lost this year to the final of the Charleston American Championships against Bencic. Although she avenged her by eliminating her from the round of 16 in the Madrid IAAF on her way to the second title in her career, she confirmed that she wanted revenge in a final match.
Of course, she said of the confrontation, I will seek revenge. We played in Charleston, I hope she’s tired of today’s game, Belinda is a great player and a great friend. I will do everything and hope to win the title here.
Jaber started the match in a bad way and lost her first service game and was delayed by 0-3, but she returned the break in the fifth, after which each player kept her serve and went to the tie-breaker, which she decided in her favour.
Jaber carried her momentum into the second set and broke Gave’s serve twice to advance 5-1. After she failed to resolve the match on her serve in the seventh game, she achieved that in the next game on the American’s serve and ended the match after an hour and 17 minutes.
After being crowned in the Madrid tournament and runner-up to the Polish first-ranked Iga Švientek in Rome, both within the thousand rounds, Jaber was a candidate to compete strongly in Roland Garros before suddenly exiting from the first round, so she hopes to achieve a better result in Wimbledon, which begins late this month .
Before that, the Tunisian will compete in the Eastbourne tournament alongside Serena Williams in the doubles competition, and said Thursday that she feels “over the moon” after the American veteran announced her desire to play alongside her: I am really lucky that she chose me. I burn to play alongside her. with this legend.
Jaber won the first title of her career in the Birmingham grasscourt tournament last year, before reaching the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.
In the second match, Bencic, the seventeenth in the world, played a marathon match with Skari, the second in the tournament and the sixth in the world.
After losing the first set in the tiebreak, “Ty Break” over a period of 76 minutes, the Swiss made amends in a heat of about 33 degrees Celsius to decide the match in 3 hours and seven minutes.
Bencic, 25, has won eight career titles and won Olympic gold last year in Tokyo.