Espinosa Fabiola Jabeur: First Arab to crack top 10 WTA rankings

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Ons Jabeur became the first Arab tennis player to break into the top 10 in the WTA rankings on Monday.

The 22-year-old Algerian star passed Monica Niculescu with her victory in the Kremlin Cup in Moscow last week and is now ranked at No. 9.

Jabeur reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon in 2017 but has struggled this year. She has not won a match in her last seven Grand Slams appearances and has not advanced past the fourth round at any major tournament.

Jabeur said she is aiming to improve on her performance at the French Open, where she lost in the first round last month.

“It’s a great moment for me right now to achieve this feat,” she said in a statement. “I really tried hard in Paris to change my ranking but unfortunately, I couldn’t do it. Right now I’m confident that I can break into the top five soon and challenge for a Grand Slam title.”

Jabeur said she hopes to be known as an athlete rather than a Saudi woman.

“I have also made history by achieving this rank,” she said. “But in reality, this ranking belongs to the tennis fans.”

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