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Jaber saves the match point in the semi-finals of Rome, and the winning streak extends to 11

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9 seed Ons Jabeur maintained her winning streak in dramatic fashion, saving match point and reaching the WTA 1000 final for the second time in a row with a 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 victory over Daria Kasatkina at the Internazionali BNL d’Italy semifinals on Saturday.

Last week’s Madrid champion Jaber fired a forehand into the touchline to erase Kasatkina’s match point at 5-4 in the third set. Jaber went on to expand her career to 11 consecutive match wins with a 1 hour 55 minute victory in Rome.

“I am very happy to support that other final in Madrid,” Jaber said afterwards. It’s never easy to play [Kasatkina]. I know this type of surface suits her well because it’s slow and she loves it. She’s been playing really well this week. It was tough for me because I wasn’t there 100%. I am very happy that I won the win and the finals again.”

Jaber meets Swatik in the final: Someone’s winning streak will end in Sunday’s final, where world number one Jaber will face Iga Swiatek. Defend the hero Swiatek She defeated Aryna Sabalenka in the semi-finals earlier To achieve her twenty-seventh victory in a row.

Jaber has won two of her three meetings with Swiatek. Swiatek won his first match of 2019, but Jabeur has won his last two, including last year’s Wimbledon. This will be their first encounter on clay.

Rome: Jaber saves the deputy to defeat Kasatkina and extends the winning streak to 11

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Mastering the clay courts: Jaber won the last of her four meetings with Kasatkina, after losing her first two meetings. Jaber has won both of her claycourt encounters with Kasatkina, both of which came this year. Jaber Kasatkina topped out in straight sets on indoor clay in Stuttgart last month.

The victory completes a stellar season for Jaber on the dirt. She has won 17 matches on clay this season, leading the Tour. Jaber is also the first player to reach the clay finals three times in a single season since Simona Halep in 2017.

Jabeur is now a win away from being the third player to win titles in both Roma and Madrid in a single year, after Dinara Safina in 2009 and Serena Williams in 2013.

“I knew I could physically handle anything,” Jaber said. “I think I can play up to four weeks in a row, I can do it. I’m exhausted, yeah, but it’s part of my job. You’re going to help me pay more tomorrow. There’s only one game left. I gave it all that from the first round, now I have to keep giving.” My best.”

Match story: Jaber is now 21-0 this season when she won the first set. The victory was also the first time since 2013 that Jaber won a match after saving a match point.

“It means a lot to me, especially mentally, that I can come back from the match point and prove that I did it today,” Jaber said. “I hope to stay mentally stronger, because I know that [the final] Tomorrow is all about mentality.”

In the opener 4-4, the winning Jabeur hit a forehand to earn a crucial break and serve the group. Jaber had to save two break points in that match, but she maintained the top spot in Group A with 16 winners.

Kasatkina regrouped in the second set, using her stellar defense and taking advantage of Jaber’s sudden shooting errors. Kasatkina Jaber broke twice in the set when she equalised.

Jabeur wasted her first seven break points in the third set, but broke Kasatkina 4-2 with a winning forehand at the end of a long run. However, Kasatkina came back again, winning more rallies in all stadiums to take out three games in a row and serve in the match with a score of 5-4.

But a forehand win by Jabeur on match point in that match spurred the No. 9 seed, and she broke 5-5 with another winner on the sidelines, this time with a low shot.

“I have no idea what happened in that match,” Jaber said during her press conference.

One thing is for sure: Jabeur had the last three matches of the match, completing her comeback with one winner in the last drop.

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