Ons Jabeur reveals Rafael Nadal quote that helps her cope with Grand Slam destiny

Jabeur is 0-3 in her three Grand Slam finals played.

by Dzevad Mesic
Ons Jabeur reveals Rafael Nadal quote that helps her cope with Grand Slam destiny

Ons Jabeur is drawing inspiration from Rafael Nadal as the Tunisian says the only way is to always look ahead and leave the past behind. Jabeur, 28, suffered a heartbreaking and devastating Wimbledon final loss to Marketa Vondrousova.

For Jabeur, it was her third Grand Slam final defeat in 12 months and the Tunisian is now 0-3 in her Grand Slam finals played. Throughout the Wimbledon final, it was pretty evident that Jabeur was feeling immense pressure and stress, which made her game very tight.

After falling just short of accomplishing her biggest dream yet again, Jabeur broke down in tears. Jabeur's next shot at winning a Grand Slam will be the US Open, where the Tunisian ended as runner-up to Iga Swiatek last year.

But even if Jabeur doesn't win this year's US Open either, she insists she will continue looking ahead.

Jabeur drawing inspiration from Nadal

"Rafa once said 'If, if, if, doesn't exist.' So for me, 'if I did this, if I did that,' I'm not going to focus with that.

I'm just focusing on what's happening right now. Again, if it doesn't happen at the US Open, I'm not going to be sad about it. I'm just going to keep trying. If it's going to work, then great, if not, then I believe that's my destiny.

What's supposed to happen to me, it's something I cannot change. That's the beauty of it when you believe in it. As long as I'm doing my best, as long as I'm doing 100 percent, I think that's fair," Jabeur said in Cincinnati.

Ahead of this year's US Open, Jabeur highlighted she believes she has what it takes to land a Grand Slam. "I believe that I have the level to be a Grand Slam champion. I believe that I could be one of the greatest players. Everything takes time with me, unfortunately.

Maybe it's a good thing. We never know. I'm just taking it one day at a time, trying to unlock things that maybe are too early for me to unlock, and maybe it's too early for me to know them yet. But I know that I'm going in the right way," Jabeur said.

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