Now she will be the first Arab player – male or female – to reach the top 10.
On Thursday, Jabeur beat Estonian Anett Kontaveit 7-5, 6-3, to reach the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. The victory secures him a spot in the top 10 in singles when the standings are updated on Monday.
It was Jabeur’s 48th win in 2021, the most players in the WTA this season.
“When I spoke at the end of last season I said I wanted to be in the top 10,” said Jabeur, a 12th seed at Indian Wells, from the field after Thursday’s win over the ‘Estonian 18th.
“People doubted us as a team, but we proved them wrong.… We worked so, so hard. Being in the top 10 means a lot, but we’re not going to stop there. We are going to take it further, hopefully, and now focus on this tournament. “
This will be Jabeur’s first semi-final at a WTA 1000 level event, and she will face No. 21-seeded Spain’s Paula Badosa. The other semi-final will be No. 27 seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus against No. Jelena Ostapenko, 24th seed, of Latvia.
Jabeur’s first career title came this year at the Viking Classic Birmingham. In 2020 at the Australian Open, she became the first Arab woman to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal. She also reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon this year.