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“Tournament is not over yet” Ons Jabeur focussed on the title as she takes out Simona Halep to reach the semis in Madrid

Ons Jabeur defeats Simona Halep in the quarter-finals of the 2022 Madrid Open to reach her second semi-final in a WTA-1000 event.

Ons Jabeur

World No. 10 and the 8th seeded Ons Jabeur moves into her second WTA-1000 event semi-final as she defeats former World No. 1 Simona Halep 6-3, 5-2 in 1 hour and 8 minutes in the quarter-finals of the 2022 Madrid Open. The win takes Ons into her second semi-final of the season having earlier finished as the runner-up at the 2022 Charleston Open.

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It was the fourth meeting between the two players with Simona winning the last two matches. This win however levels the head-to-head at 2-2. Halep had been in good form coming into the match with victories over top-seed Paula Badosa and American teen sensation Coco Gauff in the previous two rounds but Ons proved too good for the Romanian.

Ons had 2 aces, 1 double fault and by converting 4 out of her 5 breakpoints as she ended the match with 66 points to her name. As for Simona, she had 1 ace, 1 double fault and converted only 1 out of her 4 breakpoint opportunities to end her campaign in Madrid with 45 points to bow out of the tournament and confirm that the Madrid Open will have a first-time champion this year.

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“Winning against Simona today was a mandatory part that I had to go through to achieve the goals that I told you about. Why not be Top 5 and win more titles? So I’m glad that I succeeded in this test, but the tournament is not over yet,” said Jabeur after her win over the former World No. 1.

Ons Jabeur awaits her semi-final opponent

Ons Jabeur

With Ons and Simona playing the first quarter-final, the Tunisian will have to wait to know her semi-final opponent. The winner from the clash between Amanda Anisimova and Ekaterina Alexandrova will take on Ons who is still hunting her first WTA-1000 finals appearances. Jabeur’s qualification into the semi-finals of the 2021 Indian Wells Open remains her best result in the top-tier of the WTA Tour which has now been matched after her win over Halep.

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