- Tunisian beats Belgium’s Mertens in thriller 7-6 (9), 6-4
- Jabeur will play Marie Bouzkova for place in semi-finals
During the first week of Wimbledon Ons Jabeur had to carry the weight of her continent on her back. Now the 27-year-old Tunisian faces the added burden of being the new Wimbledon favourite. But the way she survived five set points before defeating Elise Mertens 7-6 (9), 6-4 in a thriller suggests she has the verve – and nerve – to make history.
It was nervy at times already, especially during the first set. But that was understandable. On the surface this match was for a place in the quarter-finals. But both women understood that it was for far more.
Written by Sean Ingle at Wimbledon
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/jul/03/ons-jabeur-happy-with-favourite-tag-after-beating-elise-mertens-in-last-16 under the title “‘I want the title’: Ons Jabeur embraces Wimbledon favourite tag after win”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.