Ons Jebeur on history-making Madrid title: ‘I cannot describe how I feel’

Ons Jabeur said it was an ‘indescribable’ feeling after she created history by becoming the first African player to win a WTA 1000 event in Madrid.

The Tunisian is enjoying a fine season having already reached the final of Charleston, as well as four quarterfinals on Tour this year.

She had to work for her win in Madrid too, overcoming a second-set collapse to beat Jennifer Pegula 7-5, 0-6, 6-2.

It was the second WTA title of her career and the biggest so far, and it will return her to a career-high world ranking of number seven next week.

“I’m so happy that I didn’t wait long [for the title], because I was really disappointed after Charleston and Stuttgart,” Jabeur said afterwards.

“I was really close and I know I was playing really good there. But I have been doing a lot of hard work to see that it’s paying off. I cannot describe how I feel right now.”

“[Pegula] was really good, putting a lot of pressure, playing kind of the game that I don’t like.

“As soon as I was 30-0 down on my serve [in the last game], I was like, ‘Of course you want to make it tougher. Of course you want to suffer here. You don’t want to just finish an easy game.’

“When I had the match point, I was like I had to win it from the beginning, otherwise it’s going to be very tough for me.

“But I’m very happy and trying to realize that I won today, really.”

Ons Jabeur won her only other title in Birmingham last year, and she is also the first Arabic player to break into the WTA top ten.

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