ABU DHABI: Ons Jabeur is “blissful” to be on the Mubadala Abu Dhabi Open as she prepares for one more shot on the Wimbledon title.
Jabeur was talking in Abu Dhabi forward of the beginning of the Mubadala Abu Dhabi Open, a contest she had missed final 12 months via damage.
“I feel one of the best tournaments you play actually, it’s in Abu Dhabi, within the Center East on the whole,” the Tunisian star mentioned. “I like to come back again right here, I like to play right here.”
“Sadly final 12 months I missed it, however I’m very blissful to be wholesome, and taking part in this match once more,” she mentioned. “I simply really feel like dwelling and I feel organization-wise, each participant would say that it’s probably the greatest tournaments for certain.”
Jabeur admits that at this early stage of the season, she remains to be discovering her health, with the “Gulf Swing” of tournaments — in Abu Dhabi, Doha and Dubai — offering a platform to search out her greatest type.
“I want extra matches for certain,” she mentioned. I’m beginning right here with one of many tournaments which have a excessive degree for certain.”
“For a (WTA) 500, it’s actually superb to be again for certain and play the subsequent tournaments as properly. I undoubtedly want extra matches so hopefully that can give me the motivation to begin a terrific season.”
Within the final two years, Jabeur has reached three Grand Slams — together with the US Open in 2022 and Wimbledon twice — however has but to say her first main. It’s a triumph on the All-England championship that she craves essentially the most.
“Yeah, I imply, it’s not a secret that everyone is aware of that I wish to win Wimbledon,” she mentioned with a smile. “However I feel the preparation begins from now, all the things from now.
“I feel I’m studying a whole lot of issues in my recreation, my psychological recreation as properly, to be ready for these large tournaments. However I feel I’ll take it one step at a time, one month at a time, and see the way it goes and hopefully be arriving wholesome to Wimbledon.”
Jabeur highlighted the continuing improvement of tennis within the Center East and the GCC and mentioned that the “dream” could be to have extra tournaments just like the Mubadala Abu Dhabi Open.
On the finish of final 12 months, Jabeur confronted Aryna Sabalenka within the Riyadh Season Cup for Tennis on the Kingdom Area, a match the Belarussian received by two units to 1.
The Tunisian praised the occasion and the urge for food of Saudi Arabia’s public for tennis, and mentioned she could be “the primary to help” the institution of a WTA occasion within the Kingdom within the coming years.
Jabeur on Saturday mentioned she was impressed by the response of Princess Reema bint Bandar, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US, to the criticism from Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert of the WTA’s potential cope with the Kingdom.
Princess Reema had criticized the tennis legends for his or her “outdated stereotypes,” including that their failure “to acknowledge the nice progress ladies have made in Saudi Arabia denigrates our outstanding journey.”
“Princess Reema’s reply was unbelievable. I feel stylish, elegant, and each participant was impressed with the way in which she addressed Martina’s and Chris’ letter,” Jabeur instructed AFP in Abu Dhabi.
Jabeur is proud to be a job mannequin for tennis gamers within the Center East, each feminine and male, and believes perceptions of what might be achieved within the sport are altering.
“I really feel like all people begins to consider that it’s regular to be knowledgeable tennis participant from an Arab nation,” she instructed Arab Information. “And that’s one factor I all the time attempt to encourage others to consider in, that not solely different nationalities might make it, however you may dream to be one of many prime 100, let’s say on the earth.”