World No. 10 Ons Jabeur made history on Thursday in Madrid as she became the first Arab player to reach a WTA 1000 final. Jabeur, seeded at No. 8, cruised past Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-2 6-3 to progress into the Madrid final. Alexandrova has always been a very tricky opponent for Jabeur but on Thursday it was a one-sided affair as the Tunisian dominated the Russian.
Jabeur beat Alexandrova but the Russian still owns a dominant head-to-head versus Jabeur as she now has six wins and one loss against the Tunisian. "I don't have great records in front of her. I knew I was playing such an aggressive player.
She hits really flat and hits a lot of winners, so in my mind, I was accepting those kind of winners and accepting that she can do any ace any time, any winner any time," Jabeur said after the win, per the WTA Tour website.
Jabeur was determined to deliver a big performance
A day earlier, Jabeur saw off former world No. 1 Simona Halep. Beating Halep and Belinda Bencic in previous rounds gave Jabeur a big boost of confidence as she dominated Alexandrova to make the Madrid final.
"I know I was the favorite, I know I was playing good, I knew also she was a little bit tired from playing a lot of matches. So mentally I was really focused and I was ready for the win and not accepting to lose this time," Jabeur noted.
"I feel like the tournament is also revenge tournament, from Bencic to Halep to Alexandrova. If it's going through this rhythm, I think Jil [Teichmann, who defeated Jabeur at Dubai 2021] will win tonight. "But I feel like I'm keeping to test myself, to test my patience.
To test, OK, Ons, you said you want to be Top 5, you want to win titles - here it is, players, champions you are going to play against. Show me what you got, you know."