Ons Jabeur, the Tunisian tennis player, has made history, becoming the first Arab player to break into the top 10.
In her first year on the Tour, Jabeur has climbed steadily up the rankings and entered this weekend’s Miami Open as a career-high 10th seed, reports the BBC.
Jabeur’s climb up the rankings has been made possible by adapting to the pressure on her shoulders. In an interview with Reuters, she said she has developed the ability to manage that pressure.
“Tennis is a tough sport,” she said. “You have to be able to deal with it when it’s high intensity. I’ve just learned to deal with the stress.
“As an African girl, I always played with more confidence. Now the English players are mentally strong, so I feel more confident now playing against the best players in the world.”
Tennis analyst John Lloyd told the BBC that Jabeur “could easily become a top four player if she can maintain” her current form.
Jabeur is also looking forward to the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, which will begin on the 29th of April. On her Twitter account, she tweeted “Come on #Dubai.”
Read the full story at The Guardian.
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