World No. 10 Ons Jabeur admitted she badly wanted to get a revenge over Belinda Bencic and beat the Swiss in Madrid. Jabeur kicked off her clay season in early April in Charleston. There, Jabeur reached the final before she was beaten by Bencic in three sets.
Less than a month, Jabeur and Bencic met in the Madrid round-of-16. Jabeur was determined not to pick another loss versus Bencic as she beat the Swiss 6-2 3-6 6-2. "I came here to take my revenge ... I wish I played like that in the final in Charleston, to be honest," Jabeur said, as quoted on the WTA Tour website.
"Part of me is very proud of myself for coming today and getting the win. Belinda is such an amazing player and it's very tough to play against her. I'm very happy with the level I showed today, and hopefully this level will continue for the rest of the tournament."
Jabeur recovered after losing the second set
Jabeur got off to a fast start, breaking Bencic in the first game of the match. It didn't take long for Jabeur to claim her second break as she broke Bencic again in the fifth game.
Jabeur faced two break points in the eighth game but saved them as she managed to serve out for the first set. After losing the first set, Bencic saved three break points in the third game before earning her first break of the match in the fourth game.
Jabeur had two consecutive break points on Bencic's serve in the ninth game but failed to realize as Bencic managed to force a third set. Jabeur responded well to losing the second set as she took an early 3-0 lead in the third set.
Jabeur then saved a break point in the seventh game, before breaking Bencic in the eighth game when the Swiss was serving to stay in the match. Jabeur will be fighting Simona Halep for a place in the Madrid semifinal.