Jabeur says playing alongside Serena Williams gave her confidence
MOSCOW, June 27 – Tunisian tennis player Ons Jabeur said that playing in tandem with American Serena Williams gave her confidence and taught her to be a leader on the court.
On Monday, world No. 2 Jabeur beat Swede Mirjam Björklund in the first round match at Wimbledon. Earlier at Roland Garros, she lost in the first round to Poland’s Magda Lynette.
“I don’t like to repeat mistakes. I learned a lot in the first round of Roland Garros. Obviously, everything feels different here. I feel more ready. Playing with Serena Williams helped me gain confidence, she helped me become leader on the court,” Jabeur was quoted as saying by the official website of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA).
In June, Williams and Jabeur reached the semi-finals of the Eastbourne grass tournament in doubles and withdrew from the competition due to an injury to the representative of Tunisia.
“Serena chose me. It’s a huge honor and a big responsibility. Maybe if she had proposed two or three years ago, I would have played terrible and couldn’t handle the pressure. But now I feel like it’s time to play with someone-” kind of like Serena,” Jabeur added.
Wimbledon, played on grass courts, will end on July 10. In April, the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) refused to allow Russian and Belarusian tennis players to the tournament because of the situation in Ukraine. In response, in May, the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) decided not to award ranking points to competitors.