World No. 10 Ons Jabeur entered her Madrid match versus Simona Halep determined not to pick up another quarterfinal defeat in 2022. On Wednesday, Jabeur saw off former world No. 1 Halep 6-3 6-2 to progress into the Madrid semifinal for the first time in her career.
This season, Jabeur has made a habit of reaching the quarterfinal and then picking up a loss. Jabeur, who has no titles in 2022, delivered a big performance to beat Halep and avoid losing in the quarterfinal for the fifth time this year.
“Winning against Simona today was a mandatory part that I had to go through to achieve the goals that I told you about. Why not be Top 5 and win more titles? So I'm glad that I succeeded this test, but the tournament is not over yet," Jabeur told WTA Insider.
Jabeur beats Halep for the second time
Jabeur made a slow start to the match as she dropped her service game in the third game. However, falling down by an early break didn't impact Jabeur, who broke back Halep in the fourth game to level the set to two games apiece.
In the sixth game, Jabeur earned her second break as she took a 4-2 lead. Jabeur then held on to her serve the rest of the set to win the first set. Halep bounced back a bit at the beginning of the second set as she led 2-1 after the opening three games.
Halep served out her first two service games of the second set but then her level dropped as Jabeur claimed breaks in the fifth and seventh games to open a 5-2 lead. Jabeur then had no problems serving out for the match in the eighth game.
Jabeur is having a great campaign in Madrid and she is now two wins away from winning the biggest title of her career. The head-to-head between Jabeur and Halep now stands at 2-2. Jabeur plays next Ekaterina Alexandrova, who defeated Amanda Anisimova.