Ons Jabeur 'locked in' on becoming first Arab to earn WTA Finals spot



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Ons Jabeur 'locked in' on becoming first Arab to earn WTA Finals spot

Tunisian tennis star Ons Jabeur entered this season confident she could have a big season and make the WTA Finals. Jabeur, who ie enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 16 in the world, is currently ninth on the Race to Shenzhen list.

This year's WTA Finals was relocated from Shenzhen to Guadalajara due to the coronavirus pandemic. “It started from last year; I wanted to qualify for the WTA Elite Trophy [for players ranked 9-20]. But then they cancelled both [the Elite trophy and the WTA Finals] last year,” Jabeur told The National.

“For me, this year I started with the hunger of winning matches to boost my own ranking; to be in the top 20, to be in the top 10. In the middle of the season I was looking at the Race and it was kind of fun; I like the competition.

Especially after Wimbledon it started to get more real”.

No complaining from Jabeur

World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty could skip the WTA Finals in Guadalajara due to the challenging conditions in the city. If qualified for the WTA Finals, Jabeur would have no doubts what to do.

“Honestly I cannot complain, if I qualified, I’d be happy to go and play,” Jabeur said. “I know the competition is very high right now, especially that some players are trying to play every week. So we’ll see in a few weeks who will take the ticket to go to Guadalajara.

“I am very close to qualifying. I know it’s the end of the season and so many players are tired but I worked really hard my whole life, and especially this year, I cannot give up right now and say I’m tired or whine about the conditions in Guadalajara.

“I’m very motivated and I’m choosing carefully which tournaments I should play to give 100 per cent. I don’t want to make the mistake of playing all the tournaments; that was the team’s decision. We chose the ones we need to qualify, that’s our main goal for the rest of the season”.