Jabeur aims to get back on track, reaches Ningbo Open final with Shnaider tie for title

Friday, 29 September 2023 at 18:24
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After heartbreak at Wimbledon, Ons Jabeur hasn't looked back to 100% during the US Open in particular, but she will battle in her 13th WTA Tour final on Saturday at the Ningbo Open.
Jabeur sealed a hard-fought 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 win over Nadia Podoroska claiming it in just under two hours. Awaiting her now is a rising star in Russian ace, Diana Shnaider with the 19 year old seeing off fellow teenager in Linda Fruhvirtova 6-4, 6-1 in the semi-finals.
She was into her second tour-level semi-final after also cementing her rise in Hamburg in July and claimed it over the Czech ace in this case in one hour and 40 minutes.
In terms of Jabeur's win, Podoroska will have been dreaming early on racing out of the blocks with an early break lead and winners for fun. But Jabeur responded well and won seven out of eight games from 2-0 down.
Her momentum was halted momentarily after an awkward jump into a backhand winner in the second game of the second set saw Jabeur fear the worst as she went on to lose six games in a row. But after a medical time-out, Jabeur focused in the decider and Podoroska dipped in the latter half with a slew of errors handing the top seed the win.
One of the best rising stars on the WTA Tour awaits, but will Jabeur seal a confidence boosting win or will it be dented by the 19-year-old charge?

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