Jabeur comes back to win against Bencic in Abu Dhabi

Ons Jabeur and Belinda Bencic played the only WTA match at this year's Mubadala World Tennis Championship and the Tunisian player won 4-6 6-3 10-8.

Unlike previous years the Mubadala World Tennis Championship hosted a WTA match this year and it was Ons Jabeur and Belinda Bencic who played against each other. Initially, it was supposed to be Emma Raducanu but after contracting the COVID-19 virus, Raducanu was forced to abandon her plans. Instead, it was Jabeur that got the chance to play and she did not disappoint.

The first set was a very closely contested one with good early play by both. We did not see any chances for either player until the finish of the set when Bencic took a 5-3 lead. She lost her serve when trying to win the set to make it 5-4 but broke Jabeur once more to win it with 6-4. In the 2nd set, Jabeur stormed back into the match in a furious fashion.

She completely outplayed Bencic who saw her error numbers explode as her rhythm was gone. Jabeur took a 2-0 lead, then a 5-0 lead with a chance to gift her opponent a bagel. She lost her serve when serving for it and once more at 5-2 to make it 5-3 but broke Bencic one more time for the 6-3 2nd set finish. A championship tiebreak followed with the winner being the first to reach 10 points.

Jabeur carried good momentum with herself into the extended tiebreak jumping out to a 4-0 lead which became a 7-3 lead not long after that. Her first match point came at 9-5 with Bencic able to save a couple to make it 9-8. Ultimately Jabeur closed it out with 10-8.

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