"You cannot finish those two weeks like this" - Jabeur on mindset during comeback win over Sakkari
After winning her maiden WTA 1000 title in Madrid last week, Ons Jabeur almost had her winning streak come to and end but was able to battle past Maria Sakkari to reach the semifinals of the Internazionali BNL D'Italia Rome on Friday.
The Tunisian fought from being down 6-1 5-2 to overcome the fourth seed in a 1-6 7-5 6-1 victory. This successful comeback would see her accumulate a ten-match winning streak, the best of her career thus far.
"In my head at 5-2, I said, 'You cannot finish those two weeks, those amazing almost three weeks, like this,'" Jabeur said after the match. "That's what got me started. I'm very happy that I could get the win at the end.
"It's not easy to play Maria, no? I know she hits really hard. I couldn't find my rhythm at the beginning. But I'm glad with a little bit experience that I have, I could pull off the win."
Including all surfaces, Jabeur has won 24 tour-level matches this season, which is the second-most on tour. World No.1 Iga Swiatek has won the most matches on tour this year, with 33.
Jabeur will face World No.23 Daria Kasatkina in the semifinals on Saturday. Kasatkina reached the final four in Rome for the first time after advancing past an injured Jil Teichmann, 6-4, 3-2, ret. Teichmann retired due to a left thigh injury.