Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Australian Open 2023: Jabeur not shying away from Grand Slam ambitions

A quarterfinal berth on the 2020 Australian Open marked Ons Jabeur’s arrival as a Grand Slam power however the Tunisian trailblazer is not going to be glad with a repeat efficiency at Melbourne Park this yr.

After reaching the finals at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open final yr, Jabeur is hoping to go one higher in Australia and turn out to be the primary Arab lady to win a Grand Slam title.

“Yeah, I may not be as happy as I was in 2020 reaching the quarter-final,” the 28-year-old informed reporters with a smile.

“I’m going to put more pressure on myself because I feel like sometimes you just need that to be one of the top players.

“I want to be number one in the world, not just the number but also the level and the discipline around it. I want to win more titles and get that Grand Slam title, for sure.”

A comparatively late bloomer, Jabeur’s current success has made her a star within the Arab world and seen her signal with Naomi Osaka’s sports activities administration company Evolve in partnership with Tunisian agent Adel Aref.

It has additionally meant her personal episode on Netflix’s behind-the-scenes tennis sequence “Break Point”, during which she says she resisted expectations that she would give up tennis and turn out to be a housewife.

“Actually I skipped to my episode,” she mentioned.

“We actually filmed more things. It’s not there. I’m still waiting for the second part because I feel like there are a lot of things we filmed at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. Hopefully I can see that.”

She mentioned she and her husband-trainer Karim Kamoun every had footage on their telephones of various trophies after setting objectives for 2023 – however she was coy about which of them.

“My goal is to not lose any more finals,” she added.

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