Ons Jabeur makes history by becoming first Arab player to reach the Top 10
Following her fourth round victory over Anna Kalinskaya at the BNP Paribas Indian Wells tournament, Ons Jabeur is set to make history by becoming the first Arab player, male or female, to break into the Top 10.
The Tunisian has steadily risen up the WTA Ranking table this year, with solid performances all year. With her advancing to the quarterfinals at Indian Wells, Jabeur is projected to break into the Top 10 when the WTA releases their updated standings next week.
The accolades continue to roll in for the 27-year old, as at Wimbledon she became the first Arab to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal. Furthermore, she also became the first Arab player to win a WTA title when she lifted the trophy in Birmingham.
After defeating the likes of Garbine Muguruza, Elina Svitolina and Iga Swiatek this year, Jabeur's excellent form saw her reach the final in Chicago last week. However, the Tunisian remains humble, and just wants to be an idol for those from her country, who also aspire to be tennis players.
"I hope I can inspire the new generation. Not so many players from my country play," said Jabeur. "So if I’m here today, you guys can make it. Work hard, believe in yourself, and you’re gonna be there.”