Ons Jabeur reached her second semifinal of the season at the Tianjin Open by beating No.6 seed Yulia Putintseva in two closely contested sets 7-6(5), 7-6(4). "We faced each other a lot in juniors, and I think I always lost, so it was kind of a revenge for me," Jabeur said.
"She's a tough player. She has a different game - sometimes she can hit spin, sometimes she can hit hard, you never know what she's going to do”. Further speaking about her opponent, she added, "She's a fighter.
Every point, she runs everywhere, so that makes it even harder for me. "The dropshot wasn't there today, and the serve also was a little bit weak for me”. "I'm enjoying being here. I'm going to take this win, because it's very important in my career...and I'm glad I made it to the semifinals."
Assessing her quarterfinal performance, she said, "I tried to move more, because she was doing all of these high balls. When I moved my legs a little bit, and I tried to take the balls early, that did bother her”.
"I just let it go. When I let it go, I was playing much better. I was coming back in the score, and then she broke me again at 4-4 - which was difficult, because she was returning really good, plus me not serving good.
I'm happy that I was able to take the break back at 5-4, but it was a tough match, so I'm going to recover a little bit." She ended by saying, "I think I always play good at the end of the season. Everyone is tired, including me, but probably thinking about vacation makes me play better.
I was expecting a better season, but hopefully I'll end this run and start really good next year. I'm really looking forward. I set big challenges for myself, and I hope I can achieve them."