Tunisia’s No. 9 seed Ons Jabeur made a successful comeback to reach the semi-finals of the Internazionale BNLD Italia, defeating No. 4 seed Maria Skari of Greece 1-6, 7-5, 6-1.
And the Madrid champion Jaber last week lost 6-1, 5-2 before turning the match around to achieve her tenth win in a row.
Words from the winner: Jaber then said, “In my head at 5-2, I said, ‘You can’t finish these two weeks, these almost amazing three weeks, like this.'” That’s what got me started. I am very happy that I was able to win in the end.
“It’s not easy for Maria to play, no? I know she hits really hard. I couldn’t find my rhythm at first. But I’m glad with a little experience I have, I can win.”
Jaber Arfef wins: Several times in the second set, Jaber was two points away from seeing her career winning streak come to an end. However, the Tunisian methodically made her way back to victory in just over two hours of play.
Jabeur has maintained her status as the leader in tour-level clay court wins this season, with 16 victories on the surface so far in 2022. Alongside her first World Tennis 1000 title in Madrid, Jaber has also reached the Charleston Final and the quarter-finals in Stuttgart. .
Including all surfaces, Jabeur has won 24 Tour level games this season, the second most on the Tour. World number 1 Iga Swiatek has won the most number of matches on the tour this year, with a score of 33.
Top 10 showdown: Jaber advanced 2-1 in its confrontation with Scary. Jaber won the ITF Challenger meeting between them in 2015, but Sakkari retaliated in the 2020 Ostrava.
Jaber turned the competition in her favour, winning nearly 70 percent of first-serve points and converting six of Friday’s 12 break points. Despite having 11 more non-compulsory fouls than Scary, Jabber doubled Scary’s winning number by 28 to 14.
Scary put in a fine performance in the first set, edging out a handful of pass winners with Jaber passes. Scary won 74 percent of her serve points and saved the only break she faced in the first set. Al-Saqari took a 5-2 lead in the second set as well and came closer to winning.
Jabeur managed to break Scary once when he sent Scary for the match with a score of 5-2, then broke Scary for the second time in a row with a winning volleyball shot, to tie the set 5-5. Gaber’s first group point winning fore pass at 6-5 gave the Tunisian a fifth straight game and set.
With momentum in her favour, Jabeur led 5-1 in the third set. Jabeur only needed one match point in that match to complete the massive comeback after Scary fired wide.
Kasatkina is waiting: Jaber, ranked 23 in the world, will face Daria Kasatkina in the semi-finals on Saturday. Kasatkina reached the quarter-finals in Rome for the first time after taking the lead against injured Gil Tishman 6-4, 3-2, retired. Tishman retired due to a left thigh injury.
Prior to this week, Kasatkina had been knocked out 0-4 in the Round of 16 in Rome. However, she defeated four of the top 30 players in her career best in Rome this week, including Her third win in the top 10 of this year Over seed No. 2, Paula Padusa, will make her first quarter-final in Rome.
The former Top Ten player Kasatkina is now away to winning her second WTA 1000 Final. She reached the Indian Wells final in 2018, falling to Naomi Osaka.
“With every group I play, I’ve played better and better,” Kasatkina said. “I’m happy with the way I feel on the field. Well, maybe not all the time I make the right decisions and take the right shots, but I’m generally happy with what I’m on the field. I don’t know anything about the other players, but that’s what I always try to look for.”
After six service breaks in his first eight matches, Katsatkina earned a decisive seventh break for 5-4. Kasatkina created a breaking point in that game by winning a fun rally, ending that point with a set of falling pictures. Turning this opportunity, Kasatkina stuck to love to take the lead from one group.
Tishman, ranked 29th in the world, who reached the semi-finals in Madrid last week, took a treatment timeout with a 2-1 result in the second set. After she dropped her serve to give Katatina a 3-2 lead, Tishman stopped play.
Close competition continues: Jaber has a 3-2 lead over Kasatkina. Jaber won her only previous match on clay last month in Stuttgart, defeating Kasatkina 6-3, 6-3 in the second round.
“[Jabeur] I won 10 games in a row, and I hope she’s a little tired after that,” Kasatkina said with a smile. It’s the semi-finals, everyone is pushing as hard as they can. It will definitely be a tough battle.”