Tunisian tennis star Ons Jabeur has set her sights on the Olympic Games in Tokyo and says she cannot wait to go back there next year. Jabeur has already played for Tunisia in the previous two Olympic Games - she lost in the first round at the 2012 London Games to German Sabine Lisicki in three sets and also her first round match at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games to Daria Kasatkina in three sets once again.
For next year, she hopes to do better than her previous two experiences.
Ons Jabeur says she cannot wait to play at the Tokyo Games next year
Speaking to the Olympic Channel, Jabeur says, "The Olympics are always about representing my country.
It's very important for me as (I’m from) a small country; everybody is following me." "It’s part of me to represent Tunisia: I'm not just playing for myself; I’m playing for everyone back in Tunisia and the Arab world.
I'm super proud and honoured to represent my country" "It's a very nice feeling, especially being surrounded by different athletes from different sports, but the same country. I really cannot wait to go and play in Tokyo next year."
The Tunisian star has resumed the season in good form just as she had left off earlier in the year - she reached the quarter-finals of the Top Seed Open in Lexington last week and is through to the quarter-finals at this week's Western & Southern Open in New York where she defeated the No.
7 seed Madison Keys in the third round. Jabeur says she decided to compete in the events in New York although many other top players had decided not to because she started the season really well and also wants to pursue her personal goals.
"I started like, really, really well this season. I said it’s a waste if I don't come and try and finish (the season) playing like this. I also have a personal goal that I cannot say right now, but hopefully if I can achieve and really be able to achieve my (other) goals I could be able to be satisfied with myself.
"To be honest, I think I have the level to go as far as I can here in Cincinnati. It's really nice to be here. Maybe it's better to stay the whole two or three weeks in New York." Jabeur will meet former World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka for a spot in the semi-finals at the Western & Southern Open.