An astonishing love affair: Ons Jabeur continues near flawless streak at Madrid Open ahead of legendary stars

Sunday, 28 April 2024 at 05:00
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Ons Jabeur emerges as the female tennis player with the highest win percentage at the Madrid Open since the tournament's inception in 2009. The Tunisian boasts an impeccable 90.9% win rate (10-1), surpassing the likes of Serena Williams (87%), Iga Swiatek (81.8%), Aryna Sabalenka (81.3%), and Kiki Bertens (78.9%).
The world No. 9 has had an inconsistent 2024 season, suffering four consecutive first-round defeats (Doha, Indian Wells, Miami, and Charleston). Additionally, she had not secured back-to-back victories since the WTA 250 Ningbo Open in October 2023, where she clinched her first hardcourt title.

Jabeur's return to Madrid reignites her tennis prowess

Her last appearance in Madrid was in 2022 when she captured the title by defeating Jessica Pegula in the final. Notably, she overcame tough opponents like Belinda Bencic, Simona Halep, and Ekaternina Alexandrova en route to her lone WTA 1000 title to date.
In her maiden Madrid Open outing a year prior, Jabeur suffered her only defeat in Madrid, retiring during the third round against Belinda Bencic with the score at 6-7, 3-4.
Arriving in Madrid has rejuvenated Jabeur, signaling improvements in her game and putting an end to her season's slump. For the first time in six months, she secured consecutive victories, defeating Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (No. 68) 6-4, 5-7, 6-3, and the 32nd seed Leylah Fernandez (No. 35) 7-5, 2-6, 6-4. These wins propel her to the fourth round of the tournament, where she will face former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko (No.10).
Ons Jabeur at 2022 Mutua Madrid Open
Ons Jabeur at 2022 Mutua Madrid Open
The three-times Grand Slam finalist has enlisted former world No. 7 Fernando Verdasco as her coach for these two weeks, hinting at a potentially longer partnership. Despite Verdasco still being listed as an active player at 40 years old, he is contemplating his future in tennis.
With a current record of 10-1, Jabeur stands as the only player to exceed a 90% win rate at the Madrid Open since the inception of the women's draw.

Madrid Open Win Percentage

PlayerWin PercentageRecordTitles (runner-up)
Ons Jabeur90,9%10-11(0)
Serena Williams87,0%20-32(0)
Iga Swiatek81,8%9-20(1)
Aryna Sabalenka81,3%13-32(0)
Kiki Bertens78,9%15-41(1)

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