“Didn’t want to play 3-sets” Ons Jabeur wins her second title of the season as Belinda Bencic retires mid-match in Berlin

Ons Jabeur emerges the champion in Berlin after Belinda Bencic is forced to retire due to an injury.

Ons Jabeur
Ons Jabeur

World No. 4 Ons Jabeur wins her second title of the season as she emerges the champion in Berlin after Belinda Bencic had to retire mid-match due to an injury in the 2022 Berlin Open finals. Ons was leading 6-3, 2-1 when Bencic found herself unable to continue further in the match handing Ons her third career title and second on the Grass while completing the set as she has now titles of all three tiers of the Tour.

Ons joins World No. 1 Iga Swiatek as the only other active WTA player this season to have won multiple titles having earlier won the WTA-1000 Madrid Open on clay last month and is now 30-9 for the season. It was a clinical performance in the match as Ons hit 6 aces to Belinda’s 1 while the Tunisian did not commit a single double fault whereas the Swiss pro made 3 in the match. Belinda had 5 breakpoint opportunities of which she won only 1 while Ons converted 3 of her 4 breakpoints.

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Ons Jabeur breaks into the Top-3 for the first time

Belinda Bencic and Ons Jabeur
Belinda Bencic and Ons Jabeur

With the win in Berlin, Ons is now into the Top-3 as she replaces Paula Badosa who drops down to the 4th rank. Ons will be crowned the World No. 3 tomorrow when the rankings are updated and will undoubtedly be one of the title contenders at the upcoming 2022 Wimbledon Championships.

“Belinda this is probably not the way we want to finish the match. You are such a fighter, I definitely didn’t want to play 3-sets with Belinda it’s always tough to play her in 3-sets. Thank you for being such a nice friend and such a nice athlete and good luck and I am sure you will be ready for Wimbledon. Good job to your team, he’s not looking but it’s okay (laughs). It’s done, the moment has now passed (laughs).

“I also want to thank my team for always supporting and pushing me to do really good. My brother who came to support me, Karim, my husband, my physio, and my manager, thank you, everyone. Also, I cannot forget how amazing the crowd is. Tunisians are amazing and thank you for coming,” said Ons as she picked up the trophy.

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