Ons Jabeur has finally made it to the quarter-finals of the French Open. With the feat, she has now made it to the last eight of all Grand Slam events. She was up against Bernarda Pera in the fourth round and went on to defeat her 6-3, 6-1. Except for Olga Danilovic, no player has been able to take a set off the Tunisian.
Despite winning the title in Charleston, Jabeur could not continue the performances on the surface. With doubts over her chances in Paris this year, she has silenced the critics in a good manner. Despite the booing and rowdy crowd at the French Open this year, the ‘Minister of Happiness’ continues her march to her maiden Grand Slam singles title.
Beatriz Haddad Maia continues to win hearts with every passing match. The Brazilian is currently in her comeback arc as she makes it to her maiden Major quarter-final. The 27-year-old was up against Sara Sorribes Tormo in the fourth round and the duo played an epic match. They battled for three hours and 51 minutes before the Brazilian secured a 6-7(3), 6-3, 7-5 win.
This was her third consecutive three-set win. Despite being tested in every round, she has managed to prove herself time and again. Her match with Tormo not only made her the first Brazilian in the French Open quarter-finals since 1968 (55 years ago) but also played out the longest women’s singles match of the season.
Ons Jabeur vs Beatriz Haddad Maia: Prediction
Going into the quarter-finals, Maia will have to battle both Jabeur and her nerves. With the Tunisian a two-time runner-up in Grand Slam finals, she will be slightly better settled in the mental aspect. Coming to their run, Jabeur is 11-2 on clay this season while Maia is 10-4. With Jabeur holding a 1-0 lead in head-to-head with the match happening this year in Stuttgart where the Tunisian dropped a bagel, Maia will certainly be looking for revenge.
With both players fighting hard and fair, expect the match to be quite balanced unless one of them doesn’t show up. Jabeur’s experience in the business end and Maia’s fighting spirit will make it a brilliant clash to look out for. Picking a clear favorite seems difficult but Jabeur edges the Brazilian in what should be a closely fought match.
Match Prediction: Ons Jabeur to win in 3 sets
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Sarthak Shitole is a tennis writer at FirstSportz having curated more than 2900 articles in two years. He's been following the sport for more than a decade and over the years, has developed a neutral perspective on the sport while having an unbiased liking to a lot of players for their playing style. His interest extends to other games as well with a fascination to know about the sports' history and statistics as well.
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