Gough ends Tunisian Jaber’s adventure in Roland Garros


PARIS – American teenager Coco Gauff, ranked 25th in the world, eliminated her 26th Tunisian counterpart, Anas Jabeur, by defeating her 6-3, 6-1 at the French Open tennis tournament, to reach the quarter-finals of one of the Grand Slam tournaments for the first time, along with Czech world number 33 Barbora Krajicekova The first in her career.

This was the third victory for the American over Jaber in the fourth confrontation between them, as the Tunisian won her only victory in the quarter-finals of the Charleston tournament earlier this year.

Jaber failed to repeat the achievement of the Australian Open at the beginning of the year 2020, when she became the first Arab player to reach the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament, before losing to American Sofia Kenin, who went on and won the title.

Jaber said, “It is not easy to lose a match in this way, she played well and did not allow me to find my rhythm,” adding, “I will turn the page because there is a championship and they are replaced…. I think we are on the right track, I learn every day and I hope to reach what I want in time.” the appropriate”.

In response to a question about Tunisia’s representation in the Tokyo Olympics, which begins on July 23, Jaber said, “I am going step by step and there is the grass-court season before the Olympics, but of course I will go,” and she added with a smile, “I have prepared the Tunisian uniform and flag and I am excited to represent my country and I look forward to that.”

“I think I will do a course before heading to Tokyo,” she said.

Gauff, at 17 years and 86 days, became the youngest player to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final since Czech Nicole Vadisova in France in 2006 at 17 years and 44 days, and the youngest American in this role in Paris since Jennifer Capriati in 1993.

“I am happy because I reached my first quarter-final in the Grand Slam. I played well today,” said Gough, who won the Roland Garros women’s title in 2018.


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