Ons Jabeur addresses Jelena Ostapenko drama from Madrid match

Midway through the second set, Ostapenko turned to Jabeur's team and delivered a strong reaction.

by Dzevad Mesic
Ons Jabeur addresses Jelena Ostapenko drama from Madrid match
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Ons Jabeur did her best to defend both her team but also Jelena Ostapenko after the Latvian delivered a strong reaction to the Tunisian's team in the middle of their Madrid round-of-16 match.

On Monday, 2022 Madrid champion Jabeur started her match against Ostapenko with a bagel. At the start of the second set, Jabeur also claimed an early break and her team was fully locked in on and sending huge support. 

But after Ostapenko recovered from an break down in the second set and then also served out the fifth game to go 3-2 up in the second set, she turned to Jabeur's team and celebrated pretty wildly while also uttering some words. 

To no one's surprise, Ostapenko letting Jabeur's team and husband Karim Kamoun hear it instantly drew attention. 

But on the court, Jabeur managed to keep her composure and ultimately seal a 6-0 6-4 win. 

Jabeur asked about the Ostapenko drama 

After the match, Jabeur defended Ostapenko by saying she can lose her temper a bit in certain situations and then also simply noted all of the individuals involved were adults who could resolve such situations. 

"The truth is that everyone has a different personality on the court. Everyone knows Jelena. She always tells me that sometimes the demons in her head come to light in the middle of the game, so I understand her. I was very motivated, maybe my bench also encouraged me, something I enjoy," Jabeur said after the match. 

"Maybe she said some bad words to them, but I think they can handle it, they are adults. It is what it is, it is something that is out of my control. The important thing is to have achieved the victory and to have remained motivated until the end."

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In her next match, Jabeur lost to Madison Keys, who beat her in three sets.

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