The 25-year-old fought through derision for following a career in tennis and has always called the shots on her journey to becoming the first Arab woman to break into the top 50
By the time Ons Jabeur had finished her rhapsodic three-set win over the world No 3, Karolina Pliskova, in Doha at the end of February, the crowd had ascended to a state of sheer delirium. It was the best win of her career and, for the audience, a mixture of proud Tunisians and other Arab nationalities scattered around Doha, it was a rare sight of one of their own thriving in this alien sport. And so they chanted her name before, during and after points, cheering endlessly into the night.
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When someone tells me I’m inspiring them, it gives me more motivation to be an example