Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur made history with a stunning comeback win over Iga Swiatek on Wimbledon’s ‘Manic Monday’.
The 21st seed overcame Swiatek, despite initially slipping to a one-set deficit, to reach her first Wimbledon quarter-final. Incredibly, she only lost two games in the final two sets combined as she came through 5-7 6-1 6-1.
Jabeur was not expected to find a way past the seventh seed, who had been playing so impressively at SW19, but she roared back after losing the opening set to claim a memorable win.
In winning through, the Tunisian has become the first Arab woman to reach the quarter-finals of the grass-court Grand Slam.
Remarkably, her hard-fought win over Swiatek is her third consecutive scalp of a major champion, after she defeated Garbine Muguruza and Venus Williams, who are both former Wimbledon champions.
Swiatek is one of five players – men and women – to have reached the second week of all three Grand Slams so far in 2021, but on this occasion she simply could not match Jabeur’s shot-making after the opening set.
At perhaps the crucial moment in the match, Jabeur managed to fend off two break points to ensure a huge service hold to move to 4-1 before closing out the stunning win.
World number four and second seed Aryna Sabalenka defeated Elena Rybakina, 6-3 4-6 6-3, to set up a meeting with Jabeur and reach her first Grand Slam quarter-final.