Anas Jaber puts the Arabs on the world map


Tunisian player Anas Jaber maintained her 24th position in the world, in the new classification of women’s professional tennis. Jaber won the Birmingham Championship by defeating Daria Kasatkina in the final.

In the doubles classification, Jaber rose from 171st place to 134th in the world, after she realized the final round of the Birmingham Championships, accompanied by Australian Ellen Perez. It is noteworthy that Anas will participate, starting from Tuesday, in the Eastbourne Championship in the 500-point category, and her participation will begin with the Czech Marketa Vondrosova.

The title is the first for Anas Jaber in her professional career, and the first title for Arab tennis at the level of men and women since the 2002 season, in which Moroccan Younes El Aynaoui won the Munich International Men’s Tennis Championship.

By winning the Birmingham title, Jaber gave Tunisia the first title at the individual level, to join Tunisia in the gold list in the Arab Champions Record, which is led by Morocco with its players achieving 8 titles out of 10 for Arab players in professional tournaments.

The Egyptian Ismail El-Shafei, who is the first Egyptian and Arab professional in the history of tennis, was awarded the first title for the Arabs in the Manila Open in 1974. The Moroccan Karim Al-Alami achieved two championships in one season, by achieving the titles of Atlanta and Palermo in 1996.

His compatriot Hicham Arazi managed to achieve one title during his professional career, which is the title of the Casablanca championship in the 1997 season, to give Morocco its third title. While the largest share of Arab and Moroccan titles was for the star Younes El Aynaoui, who won 5 titles, namely Amsterdam in the 1999 season, Bucharest in 2001, Doha, Casablanca and Munich in 2002.

Finally, Anas Jaber put Tunisia on the map by winning the Birmingham Championship, ending an Arab fast that lasted for two decades.

In another context, young American Coco Gauff is preparing to return to the Wimbledon tennis tournament later this month, but she confirms that she does not feel any pressure to repeat her brilliance in the 2019 edition, as she reached the fourth round (round of 16) when she was 15 years old, Before losing to Romanian Simona Halep, who later won the title.

Gauff will take part in the Eastbourne International in England in preparation for the grasscourt major tournament, which was canceled last year due to the pandemic.

Gauff, 17, ranked 23 in the world, said her Wimbledon debut looked like it happened “a long time ago”. Gauff reached the quarter-finals of a grand slam for the first time in her career at the French Open earlier this month before losing to Barbora Krichkova.

“Some might expect that I’m under pressure while preparing for the tournament, but I really don’t feel any pressure,” Gauff added. And she added, “I’m just going to enjoy participating and I don’t want to put any pressure on myself by comparing my results this year with the last edition.”


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